Buzz off Bud (Selig)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig apparently gave Ken "Hawk" Harrelson a chewing out for calling a White Sox game as he saw it, the Tribune reports. In a nutshell, according to the Trib, here's the beef:

Harrelson became irate after [Mark] Wegner ejected White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana the fourth inning for throw a pitch behind Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist. Chicago manager Robin Ventura then was ejected, causing Harrelson to get upset. Earlier, White Sox catcherA.J. Pierzynski was hit by a pitch, but neither bench was warned about ejections.

Wegner, in my opinion, Wegner clearly was not evenhanded in the application of the rule and he deserved the criticism.  As I understand it, Hawk is not a MLB employee; he works for Comcast, the broadcaster. As such he doesn't have to answer to Selig, and he shouldn't. Although Hawk is a homer through and through, we, the fans, expect him to give us his opinion, with the same passion that he announced a Sox win. He's not the MLB's PR guy.

MLB already has enough trouble retaining an audience without this sort of high-handed BS from Selig.

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