Selig: We have not discussed contraction
It may not be enough to quiet all the conspiracy theorists out there, but Commissioner Bud Selig sure seemed during an interview today with SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio to douse the idea of the Rays, or any other team, being in line to be eliminated.
“The only thing I can tell you about contraction is we haven’t discussed it at all,'' Selig said. "I’m not sure where that came from. We have not discussed contraction at all.”
Forbes.com blogger Mike Ozanian was the latest to push the idea, writing under a blog post headlined Contraction Looming for Tampa Bay Rays that there is a "groundswell building in Major League Baseball to dump" the Rays by the end of the 2014 season and that "high-revenue team owners tell me the Rays are a dead brand commercially that needs to be pulled from life support.''
Rays officials have declined to comment on the contraction rumors.
On another subject that could significantly impact the Rays, Selig said he would like to look again at some geographical realignment before he leaves office, but that nothing is imminent.
From Selig: “Look, I wanted to realign things about 13 or 14 years ago. And unfortunately Kansas City didn’t want to move and so then my old team, Milwaukee, moved and it has worked out great. Realignment is something that in the future I really want to look at particularly before I leave. ... Yes, I do like some geographical realignment but it’s not on our radar right now. So I don’t want to get everybody’s hopes up because it’s nothing that’s imminent.”