Selig: Marlins trade is under review

Well, this is a fine how-do-you-do. After all of the outrage and the name-calling directed toward Jeffrey Loria, there's a chance that Bud Selig might stop the trade? From Bob Nightengale:

Nightengale then twote that Selig "feels for the Marlins fans and will take everything in consideration before making (his) decision." I think what's important here is how they called the trade on the field. There has to be irrefutable evidence.

There is precedent here, of course. In 1976, commissioner Bowie Kuhn overturned deals made by Charlie Finley and the A's, who were selling their best players for cash money.

Kuhn took as his authority an article of the Major League Agreement that was written in 1921, shortly after the ascendancy of the dictatorial Kenesaw Mountain Landis to the game's highest office. This empowers the commissioner to take any steps he deems necessary to protect the best interests and the "honor" of baseball.

The little known c'mon-don't-be-a-dick clause is rarely invoked, though. And it's hard to see Selig setting a new precedent here by telling a team they can't dump high-contract players. Still, Marlins fans, there's a chance. Even though you now know what evil lurks in the heart of Loria. Or, at least, had that knowledge reconfirmed.

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