I was fortunate enough to get a couple minutes in a mini-scrum — actually, just me and an LA Times writer — with Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig at the World Children’s Baseball Fair awards luncheon at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Selig touched on the potential purchase of the Dodgers and the Angels’ Hot Stove moves this offseason:
(On Frank McCourt buying the team in 2004)
“Well it’s interesting. The sport was
never happy about it. It’s manifested itself in so many ways.
I’m really proud of what we’ve done, and I think that’s contributed to
it. There is intense interest in the Dodgers. [They] are one of the great signature franchises. Why there’s more interest in it seven or eight years later, I’m not sure. But I can tell
you now that there is intense interest. And I really do beileve… that there is another
manifestation of being in the golden era. This sport is very popular. It’s hitting places all over. It’s been wonderful.
(On how TV rights have impacted the sport’s popularity)
“I wouldn’t doubt that at all. But the
sport itself is so popular, that for a lot of reasons including TV that I think it’s really a myriad of things, but that simply is one of the primary reasons.”
(On how Pujols’ addition changes the scope of the West Coast market in baseball)
“I like what’s happened this winter. I
think it’s good for the sport. The American League West now has a
very intense rivalry. And the more of that we can get, the better it
is [for the sport].”