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November 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm ET
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“Plausible Baseball Judgement”

So Herr Bud Selig has decided to let the Marlins / Blue Jays trade go through, despite acknowledging that the trade has alienated the only fan (a Mr. Sal Rapozo of Hialeah) the Marlins had left after this season.

Sure, it could be argued that the players traded to Toronto weren’t going to be part of the next winning Marlins team. Sure, it could be argued that the Chinese buffet of prospects would be, in three years, better than the players they gave up. Sure, it could be a valid point that the starting rotation for the Marlins will be hot-shit in three years IF everyone develops and the Miami management doesn’t Dallas Green their arms to hell and back. (A clever Mets reference for Mr. Bortone).

Sure, yeah, you could say that and it would be true.

What’s also true is that the trade was not, shall we say, engineered for the 2013 season, or even the 2014 season.

But Bud let it through, citing “plausible baseball judgment on the part of both clubs.”

OK, sure, Bud.

Yes, Bowie Kuhn may have hastened the dismantling of the A’s by blocking several trades, but that was in “the best interests of baseball”, it wasn’t “plausible baseball judgement”. See, there’s a difference.

Bud, though would rather go back to the past, like the ‘trade’ that swapped out most of the 1898 Cleveland Spiders for the 1898 St. Louis Browns (later the Perfectos on their way to becoming the Cardinals).

How about the trade at the end of 1899 where most of the good players from Louisville were traded to Pittsburgh right before the Colonels were dissolved, and then the players traded to Louisville in that deal were bought by Pittsburgh when the Louisville contracts were assigned? Hmmm…

That sounds about right for Bud and his robber barons.

I think fans in Miami will also exercise “plausible baseball judgement” and go anywhere else but Marlins Stadium next season. The ballpark in Jupiter is nice – they should come up there!

 

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