Saturday, April 21, 2007

Good move by Selig

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has been raked over the coals for numerous decisions he has made during his time as baseball's top executive. The questions and head scratches have been deserved for many of them.

But you have to give credit where it is due and Selig made the right decision when it came to Joe Saunders on Friday night. Saunders, a left-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, is the majors' only player from Virginia Tech. Friday was his first start since Monday's shooting rampage on campus.

Several teams already had paid their respects to the victims by the time Saunders took the mound in Orange County. The Washington Nationals all wore VT hats on Tuesday and the Boston Red Sox had black "VT" patches on their hats and jerseys Friday night.

Two hours before Saunders' start, Selig informed him he could wear a VT hat during his start against Seattle. It was the right move on Selig's part given Saunders' history with the school. He pitched three years for the Hokies and wound up as one of the school's most winningest pitchers. His father and uncles attened Virginia Tech. He is the one major leaguer with tangible ties to the school.

For all the bad decisions Selig has made, this was one he couldn't afford to miss. And both he and Saunders were on the money Friday night.


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