After getting just about everything he damn well wanted from the county for Miller Park, former Milwaukee Brewers owner and current baseball commissioner Bud Selig is raising money to stab the county board in the back:
“…as the Greater Milwaukee Committee mounts a lobbying campaign to pass the measure. An arm of the group called Smart Government Inc. is holding a fundraiser at 5 p.m. Jan. 24 in the office of baseball commissioner Bud Selig on the 30th floor of the U.S. Bank building at 777 E. Wisconsin Ave., according to an invitation.
It is being hosted by a group of Milwaukee business leaders, including retired Northwestern Mutual CEO Ed Zore, Fiduciary Management Executive Chairman Ted Kellner, private investor Sheldon Lubar, Badger Meter President Rich Meeusen and Selig, along with each of their wives..”
And exactly how does Mr. Selig get away with using the commissioners office for an essentially local political function?
And as a footnote: along with each of their wives? What the heck is that? Is the GMC still a 19th century patriarchy?
Huge news from Miller Park, where it appears our hometown Brewers have acquired 2009 Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke from the Kansas City Royals. In return for Greinke and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, the Brewers sent shortstop Alcides Escobar, centerfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitching prospects Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi to the Royals to acquire Greinke, considered the top pitcher available on the trade market.
While there may have been other teams (Yankees, Red Sox, etc.) who had the talent to offer the Royals a better deal for Greinke, it’s worth remembering Greinke had a limited no-trade clause allowing him to bar a trade to certain teams within the league. Given that Greinke has suffered from an anxiety disorder, a smaller market like Milwaukee should be a great fit for him, and it will be great to see him in a Brewers uniform for the next two seasons (and hopefully more).
Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel is reporting Bobby Valentine, former manager of the Texas Rangers, Chiba Lotte Marines (twice), and New York Mets, is the leading candidate for the Brewers’ managerial job and is expected to receive an offer. According to the report, Chicago White Sox bench coach Joey Cora is the Brewers’ second choice, in case a deal with Valentine doesn’t materialize.
As a major league manager, Valentine has a record of 1,117 wins and 1,072 losses, for a winning percentage of .510. Valentine led the New York Mets to the 2000 World Series, where they lost to the New York Mets, and in 2005 he led the Chiba Lotte Marines to their first Japan Series title in 31 years.
So would Bobby Valentine be a good fit for the Brewers?
While I do root for the hometown Milwaukee Brewers, I’ve long been a fan of the New York Yankees. While many hate what the Yankees and their owner George Steinbrenner represented, I’ve long been a fan of the Yankees because of their history. From Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig to Joe DiMaggio to Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, the Yankees have one of the richest histories of any team in any sport.
As a Yankees fan, it saddens me that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who bought a flagging Yankees franchise in 1973 only to turn the team around and watch it win 7 World Series Championships and 11 American League pennants, died yesterday at age 80. Love him or hate him, George Steinbrenner left an indelible mark on the game of baseball, and no doubt he’ll be entering the Baseball Hall of Fame in the years to come.
I’m no Cubs fan, but I think Milton Bradley deserved every game of the season-ending suspension he was given by the Cubs for badmouthing the team in public. scratched from Saturday’s lineup with a sore left knee, Bradley was quoted as saying, “you understand why they haven’t won in 100 years here.”
Chicago signed the switch-hitting Bradley to a three-year, $30 million contract during the offseason, and for their money, the Cubs have gotten a .257 batting average with 12 homers and 40 RBIs, not to mention a personality that’s toxic in the clubhouse. I’ll never understand why the Cubs gave a cancer like Milton Bradley 30 million dollars to play for their team, and I can only hope they rid themselves of Bradley’s bad attitude at season’s end.
Just a few random notes that caught my eye this evening:
- Congratulations to Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, the 2009 Major League Baseball All Star game Home Run Derby champion. Fielder hit a total of 23 home runs during the three rounds, and his home runs traveled an average of 439 feet, including on shot that went 503 feet. Fielder is the first Brewer to win the Home Run Derby, with former Brewers outfielder Jeromy Burnitz coming the closest as the runner-up to Ken Griffey Jr. in 1999.
- Norma McCorvey, the Dallas woman known as Jane Roe in the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade, was among the protesters arrested yesterday for disrupting the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. McCorvey and another protester were arrested after they made their way into the hearing room and began screaming during the opening statement of Minnesota senator Al Franken.
- Authorities in Florida have arrested 7 suspects in connection with the shooting deaths of a Gulf Coast couple known for adopting special-needs children. Byrd and Melanie Billings, who over the years have adopted a total of 16 children with special needs, were shot and killed during a home invasion/robbery. Nine of their children were home when the home invasion/robbery/murders took place. What a tragic story…
- Les Leopold, author of The Looting of America, has an interesting idea
on how to create a million new jobs in a month. Leopold’s plan would offer every one of the rougly 534,000 501(c)3f non-profit public charities $100,000 (pro-rated in monthy payments), if they hired two new employees at $40,000 a year each, plus benefits including health care. The catch is that they would have to hire these two new employees within one month of signing up for the funds. Go read more on Leopold’s plan.
- I’m reading Bloggers on the Bus by Eric Boehlert right now. If you have a chance, pick it up; it’s fascinating.