PITTSBURGH -- For the sixth consecutive year, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is planning to address baseball fans around the world in a live Internet chat session on Tuesday, just hours before the All-Star Game at PNC Park. Selig will spend about a half-hour answering questions at MLB.com's booth at the John Hancock All-Star FanFest, just blocks from the ballpark in Pittsburgh's downtown David L. Lawrence Convention Center, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. The chat will be carried live on MLB.com via streaming video and audio. Fans can submit their questions now.
If there's time after the Internet queries, Selig will again field questions from the live audience, which usually numbers in the high hundreds in what has become a popular feature during All-Star festivities. This year's chat session should have even more spice to it. It follows Major League Baseball's highly successful World Baseball Classic of this past spring -- won by Japan over Cuba in a thrilling finale at San Diego's PETCO Park -- plus an exciting first half of the season in which close division and Wild Cards races are shaping up in both leagues. The annual FanFest hosts more than 40 baseball-themed attractions, including state-of-the-art video batting and pitching cages and interactive clinics. The chat has evolved since 2001 when Selig took questions via the Internet for the first time from his Milwaukee office. The next year, the media was invited and a press conference followed the session. In 2003, the current format, with fans in attendance, was implemented. Each year, Selig answers questions ranging from the state of the game to franchise movement to the problems that are pressing the sport.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.