Commissioner Bud Selig continues to sidestep questions about Dodgers ownership situation
Despite being told that fans in Los Angeles would probably want to hear him address the Dodgers’ increasingly unstable ownership situation, Commissioner Bud Selig maintained his long-standing silence on the matter during his visit to Camelback Ranch on Sunday.
“I’m not going to say anything today,” Selig said. “It’s a situation that I’ve monitored and am monitoring very closely and I think any comment from me at this point is inappropriate.”
Asked if he felt responsible for the Dodgers’ predicament considering that he endorsed the team’s sale to owner Frank McCourt, Selig replied, “Well, Fox sold the club to him and we did approve it, but that’s a normal process. I don’t really have any other comment.”
Selig was good-natured, offering lighthearted responses to follow-up questions.
At one point, Selig was asked by reporters from Chicago if he considered White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen a problem.
“Given the problems I have today, Ozzie’s No. 794,” he said.
What about catcher A.J. Pierzynski?
“795,” Selig said.
What about the Dodgers?
“That’s a different story,” he said, drawing laughs from the semi-circle of reporters standing in front of him.
Later, Selig mentioned he was teaching classes at Marquette University, including one on sports law.
Asked if he would invite McCourt to be a guest lecturer, Selig responded, “We’re going to move on to another subject. Anybody have any more logical questions?”
So inviting McCourt to speak would be illogical?
“Logic, to me, is maybe one that I enjoy,” Selig said. “How’s that?”
-- Dylan Hernandez in Phoenix
Photo: Bud Selig during an interview at a Diamondbacks-Brewers game on March 12. Credit: Chris Morrison / US Presswire