MLB Commissioner Bud Selig made his first trip to Goodyear Ballpark and came away impressed.
“In 1970, I think we had a half of a field (in Arizona),” Selig said. “This is remarkable. I think it’s a testament to all the people involved and a testament to baseball’s popularity.”
Selig also touched on a number of other subjects:
* On the potential of HGH testing – “We are holding a summit in New York on Thursday. This is a test that they’re going to analyze. We’re very aggressive in that manner and we’ll see.”
* On shortening the regular season to avoid inclement weather in the World Series – “I’ve told clubs that they would have to condense the regular season and there’s no interest in that. We’ve been through this 1,000 times. We’re going to do the best we can. We’re not magicians.”
* On the contributions of Indians general manager Mark Shapiro to the newly-formed 14-man committee on on-field matters that includes managers and executives – “He really has been tremendous. He has a very unique and modernistic approach. He hasn’t disappointed me at all. He’s been very active and constructive.”
* On the prospect of major leaguers competing in the Olympics at some point – “It isn’t practical. We just can’t stop our season. It would create chaos.”