In his July 8 column, "Bud Selig's Home Runs," San Diego Padres owner John Moores insulted the intelligence of Post readers by citing the "independent" members of Commissioner Bud Selig's Blue Ribbon Panel on Baseball Economics. George Will has been a board member of both the Baltimore Orioles and the San Diego Padres, and Selig appointed him to serve on a baseball marketing committee. Former senator George Mitchell, despite his worries about the economic health of baseball, is part owner of the Boston Red Sox.

This appalling lack of disclosure should be considered while the people of the Washington area contemplate building a publicly funded home for the Montreal Expos. If the return on equity is supposedly so high, let baseball go to an investment bank to finance the deal.

-- Bob Tufts

Forest Hills, N.Y.

The writer pitched in the majors from 1981 to 1983.


John Moores did not mention other "crowning accomplishments" by Bud Selig such as canceling the World Series in 1994 and ending the 2002 All-Star Game in an 11th-inning tie. Mark those as qualifying under "the best interests of the game" too.

-- Vanessa Cieslak



More clearly than he might have hoped, John Moores described in painful terms how Bud Selig has abandoned fans of major league baseball. Moores's list of Selig's successes is in fact a description of the homogenization that has stripped the game of some of its unique characteristics. Standardizing the strike zone and umpiring techniques took away some of the very differences that made the World Series and All-Star Game so special. Interleague play, too, has downgraded the thrill of those events, pitting players and teams who'd probably never seen each other play.

While everyone agrees that the crop of new stadiums is great, the cost to fans has been equally great. For less than the price of one seat at Camden Yards, I can take my family of four from our home to see any of six minor league and seven college league baseball games where the players freely talk to the fans, sign autographs and play for the love of the game.

From this fan's perspective, the "loss" of the Montreal Expos would be best served by moving a minor league franchise to Washington. Would Peter Angelos object to moving the Ottawa Lynx to RFK Stadium?

-- Eric Rosenberg