… So it will be interesting to see what emanates this season from Commissioner Bud Selig’s recently formed 14-member committee of managers, general managers, owners and others who are exploring ways in which the game may be improved.
Though the committee has been charged with examining the on-field product, it has been given a wide berth, and includes some of baseball’s more renowned names and influential thinkers: Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, John Schuerholz, Frank Robinson and the columnist George Will.
But how much change can be initiated by a group that, for the most part, resembles what some think baseball has increasingly become — a game for older white men?
The committee has one minority member (Robinson) and one person under the age of 50 (Indians General Manager Mark Shapiro). There are no players, umpires, Bill James acolytes or women.
“They don’t want crazy people on that committee,” said Ozzie Guillen, the very outspoken White Sox manager, who nevertheless was not disappointed to be left out. …
April 3, 2010
In which Ozzie Guillen is disappointed not to be in a baseball committee
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