If there is any lingering doubt that Bud Selig is a truly venal and loathsome person:
"If it happens that I present the World Series trophy to the Minnesota Twins, and if I'm their Knute Rockne, then they owe me something."
I thought Pohlad's "loan" was enough, no?
"I understand why I took a lot of heat from a lot of people," he told reporters. "I don't have control over it when I deliver unpopular messages. Contraction was a 30-0 vote by owners. To this day owners thought we should have contracted by four clubs."
As Doug Pappas has pointed out in the past, this is an outright lie. The vote was reported to be 28-2, ostensibly with the two owners of the contracted teams dissenting. Gammons reports that the original plan indeed was to contract 4 clubs and the Twins and the Angels were among those four. You can insert your own epithet as to the wisdom of baseball's management team.