Leave it to baseball commissioner Bud Selig to put a damper on what's shaping up to be a tremendous Twins season.
Selig badly bungled this year's decision to contract two Major League Baseball teams (one of which was the Twins) and later reversed the decision. Despite putting the Twins in a limbo and delaying the team's efforts to name a new manager the team has surprised the baseball world by taking a commanding lead in the American League Central Division.
Speaking last weekend at a journalism conference, Selig dismissed the Twins' success as an "aberration." In essence, he said they were just another small market team without a new stadium and with bleak long-term prospects. This critique came as the Twins ticket office was trying to do all it can to generate gate receipts for a team that has almost had too much success for its own good and taken some of the suspense out of the American League Central Division race.
If the story of a team made up of young, scrappy ballplayers who hustle and often outplay their better paid competitors is an aberration then baseball is the worse for it.
Baseball is at a turning point. Selig and the other owners, as well as the players, have to take a hard look at their sport and come up with a way to share revenue, keep salaries at a reasonable level and maintain healthy competition between the big-revenue and small-revenue teams. If they don't succeed and another strike robs fans of a World Series the damage to the sport could be irreparable.
A thank you
Longtime legislator ends his career on a classy note
Here's one politician you've got to love.
This story of Henry Kalis, DFL- Walters, comes to us from the Politics in Minnesota newsletter, a publication filled with analysis articles and political tidbits.
Kalis established a statewide reputation for being the first person to file for the Legislature each year. He'd stay all night outside the secretary of state's office to be first in line when filing opened.
The 28-year legislative veteran has been making the rounds of small town parades this summer -- the same ones he hit when he was asking residents for their votes. Only this time he's simply carrying a sign that says "Thank you."
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