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Bud Selig to St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster: Help Rays with stadium situation

DETROIT — Baseball commissioner Bud Selig had a suggestion Saturday for St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster:

Be part of the solution with the Rays rather than the problem.

The Rays said Friday that they were "surprised and disappointed" that Foster rejected their request for a lease amendment to allow exploration of a new stadium in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Selig hadn't spoken with principal owner Stuart Sternberg, but his frustration with Foster's decision seemed obvious.

"There's work to be done there," Selig said before World Series Game 3, "and he ought to try to be helpful and constructive in that process. That's all I'll say."

AARON AWARD: MLB didn't have any travel expenses in giving out the Hank Aaron Award for the top offensive performers in each league as the winners were Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera and Giants C Buster Posey.

Cabrera won the first AL Triple Crown since 1967 with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs — and also was presented with a baseball-topped crown. Posey, a Florida State product, led the NL with a .336 average, the first catcher to win the league batting title since 1942.

"I'm just humbled that Hank Aaron knows who I am," Posey said. "Growing up in Georgia, he's a legend everywhere but even more so there."

Cabrera said he was "very nervous" sitting with Aaron and near Frank Robinson, who won the 1966 Triple Crown, but said he felt very proud of "my biggest day here in baseball."

JUST CHILLIN': First-pitch temperature was 47 degrees, with a feels-like of 43. … The stadium concessionaire switched out its daiquiri machines for hot chocolate makers.

POMP: Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline threw out the first pitch. … Actor Zooey Deschanel, star of New Girl on, you guessed it, Fox, sang the anthem. … Singer Jack White was on hand.

MISCELLANY: Tigers RHP Doug Fister was cleared for all activity after additional testing Friday, a day after he was struck on the head by a line drive. … Because of several other events in town, Giants players and personnel are split among three hotels in the Detroit area.

Bud Selig to St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster: Help Rays with stadium situation 10/27/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 28, 2012 12:42am]
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