10/28/10 8:40 PM ET
Selig lauds baseball's competitive balance
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Selig also praised the pending hire of Sandy Alderson as general manager of the Mets. The official announcement is scheduled for New York on Friday. Alderson is a highly regarded former MLB vice president of baseball operations and was the chief executive of the Padres. Most recently, he was rehired by MLB as a consultant working on scouting violations in the Dominican Republic."I've known Sandy for 30 years," said Selig, whose relationship with Alderson goes back to when Selig owned the Brewers and Alderson was in the baseball hierarchy of the A's. "I've never given him a project that he hasn't completed and completed well. I have enormous respect for Sandy, both professionally and personally. "And I will tell you that the job he did for us in the Dominican was extraordinary. In fact, last night I got up in the middle of night wondering how I'm going to replace him. He's a first-rate person and a great executive." About the constant chatter regarding whether MLB intends to add an extra Wild Card in each league to the playoff mix, Selig reiterated what he's been saying for quite some time. That's a story for another time and place. Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Players Association, said here that there's a division among the players whether to move forward on the concept, but the union is open to talk about it. Selig said it's possible that the format could change in time for next postseason, but the issue must be collectively bargained and likely will be discussed during next year's negotiations for a new Basic Agreement. The current agreement expires on Dec. 11, 2011. "That's for later," Selig said about any playoff expansion plans. "I said that I would consider it. We will when this is all over and we begin our offseason meetings. We've got to work out all the details and then we'll take it to all the constituencies, you bet."
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.