Friday, February 9, 2007

Selig "Indecisive" On Record

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig remains undecided on whether or not he will attend San Francisco Giant games - games that could serve as the stage for Barry Bonds and his breaking of Hank Aaron's homerun record.

Selig wouldn't say Thursday whether he would attend any Giants games if and when Bonds closes in on the mark.

Selig insisted that Major League Baseball would celebrate Bonds' potential feat exactly as it does any other major milestone, such as a pitcher's 300th win. Last year, Selig telephoned San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman when he became the career saves leader.

"I wasn't there when Roger Clemens won his 300th game. That's a matter I'll determine at some point in the future," Selig said at a baseball luncheon hosted by Fox Sports Bay Area. "Let me say it, and I'm not going to say anymore. That's it."

"It is a fact Hank Aaron and I have been friends for 50 years, close friends," Selig said. "When you're the commissioner, you just don't think about that. I have said before if and when Barry Bonds breaks that record it will be handled the same way that every other record in baseball that's been broken was handled."

If Bonds becomes the new home run king, Selig wasn't sure whether the mark would always be tainted by his alleged steroids use.

"Only history will tell us that. I'm not smart enough to make that judgment," Selig said.

Selig sure seems receptive to Bonds breaking Aaron's record. The cloud of steroid allegations surrounding Bonds along with his long friendship with Hammerin' Hank is not the kind of combination that breeds Bud-love. It's been rumored that Selig hopes Bonds will retire, thereby removing the headache surrounding tainted records.

The Mets add to their collection of underwhelming starting pitchers as Chan Ho Park appears on his way to New York. An oral agreement has been reached on a one year, $3 million deal, subject to the completion of a physical. Park earned a 7-7 record and a 4.81 ERA with the Padres in 2006.

Todd Helton had planned on being a Red Sox this year, but with the erosion of a potential trade, he seems content on staying with the Rox. Not overly excited though:
"I love everything about Colorado," he said. "But there is another aspect to this. Sometimes a fresh start can get some blood pumping for you again. Who was it that said, 'If you stay in one place for 10 years, you've stayed there long enough?' There is a lot of truth to that. Maybe there were some people getting sick of me within the Rockies, and vice versa."
Sounds like Todd wishes Boston had included Manny Delcarmen, thereby completing a trade with Colorado.

The Marlins are haggling over a mere 700k. Superstar-to-be, Miguel Cabrera is asking for $7.4 million but Florida refuses to raise their $6.7 million offer. Greg Stoda believes it's foolish to antagonize their best hitter. I agree.

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