DIGGING A HOLE
"There was no need to. It was paid."
—Bob DuPuy, MLB executive vice president of administration, to the
Minnesota Star-Tribune on why a $3 million loan by a company owned by
Twins owner Carl Pohlad to then-acting commissioner and Brewers owner
Bud Selig wasn’t subject to baseball’s Rule 20(c), which requires owner
notification and a vote
"No club or owner, stockholder, officer, director or employee (including
manager or player) of a club shall, directly or indirectly, loan money to or
become surety or guarantor for any club, officer, employee or umpire of its,
his of her league, unless all facts of the transaction shall first have been
fully disclosed to all other clubs in that league and also to the
commissioner, and the transaction has been approved by them."
–Major League Rule 20 (c)
"I noticed that they both seemed to have forgotten about the $3 million.
It’s hard to believe that any businessman would forget about $3 million."
—Denny Hocking, Twins’ MLBPA representative, on initial comments by Selig
and Pohlad that they didn’t recall the loan
IT’S NOT THAT DEEP
"No. We are in the business of lending money. Why the hell would it be a
conflict? Every loan stands on its feet."
–Pohlad, Twins owner, who stands to make between $150 million and
$250 million if MLB buys his team to eliminate it
"Bud was not in favor of contraction. Number one, he was talked into it.
Number two, the clubs voted 28 to 2 [for contraction]. Number three, the
teams haven’t been selected [for contraction]. There has been no vote on the
–DuPuy, on why there’s no conflict of interest
"We have a lot of rules we don’t necessarily enforce all the time. What is
the big deal? It was for a short time, 45 or 60 days. Everybody would have
voted for it had it come up. To me, it’s a like a cop sees a guy going 62 in
a 55 zone. You let him go. What’s the harm?"
—Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox owner
WE’RE ALSO DIGGING BACK-UP HOLES
"It was on the private business side. It was arm’s length. With an abundance
of caution, I cleared it with the commissioner’s office. The Colorado
Rockies aren’t doing any business with Mr. Pohlad. It didn’t have anything
to do with contraction and it didn’t have anything to do with the Minnesota
Twins. Mr Pohlad is in that business. He’s a banker."
—Jerry McMorris, on a series of loans between a Pohlad-owned firm to
RICH ALMOST GET RICHER
"The city can recoup its investment and make money every time."
—Rudy Giuliani, outgoing mayor of New York, announcing a deal with the
Yankees and Mets to build two stadiums for the teams at a total cost of $1.6
"At the moment, everybody understands that given that the lack of housing,
given the lack of school space, given the deficit in the operating budget,
it is just not practical this year to go and build stadiums."
—Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York, nixing the deal
DOOMED TO REPEAT IT
"What we have as a master plan was to see if we could possibly acquire a No.
1 or No. 2 starter, a fourth-place hitter, and a closer. Of which, all three
of those positions are essential–especially the latter one."
—Syd Thrift, Orioles vice president of baseball operations
"I’m going to try to focus more on the positive. […] For some reason when
last season started, we all felt uncomfortable. Part of that feeling was due
to expectations. And as those losses piled up, we started getting tighter
and tighter. "
—Tony Muser, Royals manager, on his plans to be more positive to relax the
"It’s the hope and faith that the fans need to have that their team can
successfully compete. Why can’t the fans in a Pittsburgh or a Cincinnati or
a Kansas City or a Milwaukee have that hope and faith? Let the quality of
management take over as opposed to just the amount of money."
"I don’t want an involuntary partnership with the public. I want people
spending money in the house who want to spend money in the house. I don’t
want to confiscate somebody’s tax money who isn’t a baseball fan and who
thinks the money should be spent on education or roads or bridges."
—Donald Watkins, Alabama businessman, on his desire to build a
privately-funded stadium if he purchases the Twins
"When looking at Tino’s credentials, we felt that he was the perfect guy to
not only help offset the loss of McGwire, but he’ll also be someone who will
lend valuable leadership to our ballclub."
—Walt Jocketty, Cardinals GM, on signing infielder Tino Martinez
"I saw Andre Dawson. And let me tell you something. There were only two
players in my lifetime whose teammates held them in awe. One was Mickey
Mantle. The other was Andre Dawson. If you were around, if you saw them
play, you know that. But the numbers don’t tell you that."
—Jerome Holtzman, old sportswriter, on Andre Dawson‘s Hall of Fame case
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