Earlier, SoSG Sax brought us Bill Plaschke's opinion on Manny Ramirez rehabbing in the minor leagues during his suspension — namely, that he shouldn't be allowed to do it. Now it looks like Bud Selig agrees with Plaschke. From "Selig wants current rule changed" at ESPN.com:
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wants to keep players on drug suspensions from going to the minor leagues before they return.
Manny Ramirez drew sellout crowds last month in the minors when he played two games at Triple-A Albuquerque and three at Class-A Inland Empire on his rehabilitation assignment before his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 3.
"I believe that should be changed," Selig said Tuesday during a one-hour question-and-answer session with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. "Their logic was OK -- look, guys get hurt, they can go out on rehab, and so on and so forth. But I think that's something we need to really change in the next labor negotiation."
The current rules are in place through December 2011. Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president of labor relations, said management will not ask for a rules change before then.
"I'll let them work that out. I don't want to do our negotiating here," Selig said. "But it's 50 games and then go do what you got to do to get back into [shape]."
I wonder if Selig felt this way when J.C. Romero did the same thing for the Phillies. If so, did the perfect storm of the proximity of Manny's minors stint to the All-Star break force Selig to take a public stance? One thing's for sure: The rule won't be changing any time soon, and the Dodgers planned Manny's rehab by the book. In other words, don't hate the player.