Bud Selig on St. Louis: “You are the best baseball city.”

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Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball Bud Selig attended the 57th annual St. Louis BBWAA Dinner on Sunday night. Addressing a rather crowded audience, he spoke highly of St. Louis:

No word on whether Cardinals fans are the best fans in baseball, however.

During the event, many awards were handed out:

  • Hall of Famer and former manager Red Schoendienst was honored with the Schoendienst Medal, presented by Rick Hummel
  • Selig was the first recipient of the Schoendienst Medal
  • Ron Jacober and Dick Kaegel accepted the Hyland/Hummel award for journalistic contributions to baseball
  • Magneuris Sierra won the 2014 Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year Award
  • Marco Gonzales won the 2014 Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award
  • 2014 National League stolen base leader Dee Gordon was presented with the Lou Brock Award
  • Kolten Wong won the Cardinals Rookie of the Year Award
  • Adam Wainwright accepted the J.G. Taylor Spink “Man of the Year” Award, dedicating it to Oscar Taveras and Brian Burwell
  • Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter each received the Stockton/Broeg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball

I think the informal “best fans” award is the one people are going to be talking about, however.

Scott Boras to pay salaries of released minor league clients

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Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.

Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”

Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.