Fearing Bud Selig

Okay, I didn’t really know what to title this post.  First, let me say that I am not a fan of Commissioner Bud Selig.  As a matter of fact, I think he is the worst commissioner of all major sports in this great country of ours.  He turned a blind eye during the whole “steroid era”, helped create inter-league play, was acting commissioner during the strike in 1994 and is a former owner.  My list of negatives could actually go on and on, but that’s not the focal point of this post.  You see, I am afraid of what Selig is going to do with the upcoming compensation that the Red Sox will get from the Cubs for hiring Theo Epstein.  The Red Sox didn’t have to let the Cubs talk to Theo, but I think after the epic collapse in September their organization was ready to wipe the slate clean.  This allowed for the exits of Terry Francona and Theo.

Anyway, I fear that Selig is going to force the Cubs to give up one of their better minor league prospects.  As a former owner, I can see him punishing the Cubs and Epstein for leaving an organization before his contract was up.  I really hope I am wrong on this and my fear is not warranted.  However, I do not trust Selig to make a legitimate and fair decision for either team.

When it’s all said and done, I don’t have a say in this at all.  All I can do is share my thoughts and feelings on this simple blog.  I hope Selig doesn’t punish the Cubs and force us to give the Red Sox someone like Brett Jackson.  If he does, it will be just another reason for me to not like him as Commissioner of baseball.

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9 comments

  1. sirrahh

    Nobody seems to have any love for Tony Campana, but that’s the person I don’t want to lose. His speed could transform the Cubs, if he can only get on base more often. But a decision will have to be made soon.

  2. Emma

    I think the majority of us fan dislike Selig. Is the owners that like him.
    It would be a shame if you had to lose your prospect.

  3. WrigleyRegular

    There is some precedent for active major league players being traded for a manager. (Lou Piniella-Randy Winn, Chuck Tanner-Manny Sanguillen). I also remember reading about a case of compensation for a front office executive. I can’t remember the details, but I’m almost positive it involved a low minor league ( A or AA) prospect.

    I would probably put Epstein somewhere in between on the compensation scale. The Red Sox will probably get someone from AAA, but not a player from the Cubs 40-man roster. At this time, Jackson is not on the 40 man roster. I still don’t think Bud would send him to Boston, but I think he is vulnerable.

  4. This is a very simple game...

    I hate this. It certainly appears that the Sox front office wanted a clean slate. The Cubs wanted to take Epstein off their hands. Win/win. And if not, then make a decision right then and there and have done with it. There is no need to have melodramatic swords hanging over teams’ heads while Selig contemplates having a coherent thought.
    — Kristen

  5. Marc

    It never helps letting a “GM” or excutive who has intimate knowledge of your team out of contract early. It is obvious that Theo and the Cubs were talking long before the Red Sox gave them permission. The fact is the Cubs promised “significant” compensation short of Castro and Garza. This we know because the Cubs had already said no to both. Along with Epstein making waves through the Boston Globe “Pitchers drinking in the Club house”. Made the Boston Red Sox open to letting him go.
    Now that the Cubs have Epstein, they can not see fit to give the Red Sox any meaningful compensation.
    Considering the dishonesty of the Cubs tactics, Bud Selig should make a lasting statement. I do not believe Selig has the nerve to send over Castro which would crush an organization with very few talented young players. At the same time the “Significant Compensation” would have to be something with more of an eminant impact to offset the Red Sox recent inconvience. Since the Cubs have one of the worst minor league systems. It is going to have to be a combination of Brett Jackson along with another lower level prospect.
    As a Sox fan I would love to see Selig find the nerve and send over Castro. Now that would be making a statement, and if Theo keeps on giving the interviews he is doing in Boston. Maybe that will piss off Selig to do so.
    The compensation will not be anything that catapults the sox over the luxury tax.
    Anything less than a combination of Jackson and another prospect would be meaningless.

    • strictlycubsbaseball

      Marc,
      If I were a Sox fan I am sure I would feel the same way you do. At the same time, I am not a fan of Selig and do not trust any decision he will make. I wish that the Cubs and Sox could have come to an agreement before it got this far. Just my thoughts.

      Ron