(Image Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

 

BY ANDREW CARTER


Lance Berkman is a St. Louis Cardinal, but he spent 12 years in a Houston Astros uniform before making the move.
The Astros made a move, too — to the American League.
Now ESPN says Berkman’s is accusing MLB commissioner Bud Selig of forcing Astros owner Jim Crane to leave the National League.

“Extortion. By commissioner Bud Selig. That’s a strong word. Now Jim Crane bought the Astros for $680 million. Got a 65 mil rebate after his club switched to the A.L.”

The Astros moved to the A.L. from the N.L.  putting 15 teams in each league.
A reporter for the Chicago Tribune sees irony in Berkman’s attack of Selig.

“He did it because he was getting pressure from the players association, of which Berkman is, of course, a member, to address the lack of fairness in having 16 teams in one league and 14 in the other.”

To some media outlets — Berkman’s statement didn’t come completely out of left field.
NBC Sports has more.

“Extortion is probably a little extreme, but there’s little doubt that Crane was strong-armed into switching leagues. But I don’t expect him to complain given the sweet discount he ended up getting.”

MLB Nation says — ultimately — Major League Baseball is a business.

“It was, in the end, simply a business deal, if more complicated than most. Everybody got most of what they wanted while giving up little somethings, which are the most beautiful deals.”

A blogger for Reading Between the Seams keeps everything in perspective for Astros fans.

“You’re moving from the basement of a crowded … NL Central, to the middle of the most exciting division in baseball.”


 

 

Lance Berkman Accuses Bud Selig of Using Extortion

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Mar 21, 2012

Lance Berkman Accuses Bud Selig of Using Extortion

(Image Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

 

BY ANDREW CARTER


Lance Berkman is a St. Louis Cardinal, but he spent 12 years in a Houston Astros uniform before making the move.
The Astros made a move, too — to the American League.
Now ESPN says Berkman’s is accusing MLB commissioner Bud Selig of forcing Astros owner Jim Crane to leave the National League.

“Extortion. By commissioner Bud Selig. That’s a strong word. Now Jim Crane bought the Astros for $680 million. Got a 65 mil rebate after his club switched to the A.L.”

The Astros moved to the A.L. from the N.L.  putting 15 teams in each league.
A reporter for the Chicago Tribune sees irony in Berkman’s attack of Selig.

“He did it because he was getting pressure from the players association, of which Berkman is, of course, a member, to address the lack of fairness in having 16 teams in one league and 14 in the other.”

To some media outlets — Berkman’s statement didn’t come completely out of left field.
NBC Sports has more.

“Extortion is probably a little extreme, but there’s little doubt that Crane was strong-armed into switching leagues. But I don’t expect him to complain given the sweet discount he ended up getting.”

MLB Nation says — ultimately — Major League Baseball is a business.

“It was, in the end, simply a business deal, if more complicated than most. Everybody got most of what they wanted while giving up little somethings, which are the most beautiful deals.”

A blogger for Reading Between the Seams keeps everything in perspective for Astros fans.

“You’re moving from the basement of a crowded … NL Central, to the middle of the most exciting division in baseball.”


 

 

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