Thursday, August 21, 2014
Behind The Scoreboard
New commish OK’d 30-0
As the USA basketball team is just beginning its short stint of a season and the WNBA is on the brink of its playoffs, Major League Baseball is preparing for another World Series in a couple of months.
But MLB had to take care of a small piece of very important business first – the league had to approve a new commissioner. He would be the 10th in a long line of commissioners who have led the organization throughout a glorious history. And that history witnessed the league being relegated to the number two spot as America’s national pastime below the NFL.
As in the NFL (which is also revving up for another anxiously awaited season), there are 30 teams in MLB and the outgoing commissioner had hoped for a unanimous affirmation of the person whom he had picked as his successor after 22 years. It took a total of three votes and about nine and a half hours before a consensus vote of 30-0 was achieved. The successful election of a new commissioner required 23 votes, however, the team owners and Bud Selig (outgoing commissioner), felt that it would resonate wholly if the approval was unanimous.
Rob Manfred was the choice of Selig but some owners wanted his deputy, Tim Brosnan, to have the job. Brosnan had withdrawn his name before the first vote was taken. Boston Red Sox chairman, Tom Werner was the other contender.
The league is looking to Manfred to try and halt waning revenues and attendance trends which have become prevalent in the last decade or so.
That other league (the WNBA), which we mentioned earlier, will probably never challenge the sports world as the number one pastime but it is readying for a soon-to-be-held playoff series. The WNBA is at the point where it is identifying those teams which will impact the end of the season trials.
The slots which you are about to read now are the very latest and were compiled on Sunday (August 17) afternoon. The Atlanta Dream had clinched the East Conference title with a 19-15 record, which showed that their strength was on the home court at 13-4. Indiana was next with a subpar 16-17, but good enough for a playoff spot. Washington and Chicago were also both below .500 (16-18 and 15-18, respectively), but also in the playoffs. New York and Connecticut missed altogether.
The stats were somewhat different in the West with the not so surprising Phoenix Mercury leading and clinching (home record 16-1) at 28-5. Minnesota was in second place with a 25-9 mark and also a stellar record (15-2), at home. Los Angeles (16-18) and San Antonio (15-18) didn’t make it above sea level either but made the playoffs. Waiting until next year will be Seattle (12-21) and Tulsa (12-22). Seattle is the team which distant cousin Armentie Price Herrington now plays for.
The question to end this season has to be – will any of these teams be able to stop Phoenix?
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