Selig mum on San Jose rights issue

Selig mum on San Jose rights issue

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Commissioner Bud Selig had little to say Sunday about the simmering ballpark controversy involving the Giants and Oakland A's, noting that he's awaiting a report from the committee he appointed to study the situation.

The A's are seeking voter approval to build a ballpark in San Jose, Calif. First, owners of the 30 Major League clubs must allow the A's to infringe upon the Giants' territorial rights to Santa Clara County. The city of San Jose wants an answer by June so it can place a measure on the fall ballot.

Briefly visiting the Giants-Milwaukee Brewers exhibition game, Selig looked and sounded relaxed as he addressed the A's-Giants issue. He also fielded questions about realignment, testing players for human growth hormone use and the proposed taxing of Cactus League clubs to help build a new Spring Training ballpark in Mesa, Ariz., for the Chicago Cubs.

"We don't have the controversies we've had in the past," Selig said, explaining his calm demeanor. "We're looking forward to a great year, economic conditions notwithstanding."

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Regarding realignment and HGH testing, Selig said that he wouldn't comment until he receives a report from the 14-man committee he assigned to suggest ways of improving Major League Baseball. As for the Cubs' spring home, Selig said, "We need to find a solution. It's a difficult situation."

Since the scene was a Giants home game, Selig was asked to comment about Jon Miller, the San Francisco broadcaster who recently was named the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award winner.

"He's a Hall of Fame announcer. No question about it," Selig said. "I'm a guy who grew up with radio and I still love listening to baseball on the radio. Jon Miller is today what the Bob Princes and Harry Carays and Jack Bucks and Joe Garagiolas and Waite Hoyts [were in previous eras]. Well-deserved to say the least."

Just as Selig prepared to leave, Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, in town for a series of Giants functions, ambled into the room. Greeting Selig, the 71-year-old Perry jokingly said, "I want the rules changed so I can make a comeback!"

Playfully rubbing Perry's shoulder and cap -- areas where the 314-game winner may have concealed greasy kid stuff to throw his notorious spitball -- Selig responded, "What rules need to be changed?"

Said Perry, "I think you know!"

Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.