The long, cruel and seemingly endless reign of MLB Commissioner Allan Huber Yeezus "Bud" Selig has come to an end. Or rather, he's attended his last owners meeting. And on his way out of the job, he selected the site for the 2016 All Star Game: that hallowed, storied ground of baseball tradition, San Diego's Petco Park.
Before you say WTF, realize the Padres may actually be relevant in 2016. Despite four straight losing seasons, the Padres have been busy, obtaining Josh Johnson, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Wil Meyers and Derek Norris. And something tells me they're not done yet. And perhaps the best acquisition the team made was stealing the architect of the Dodgers uber-successful farm system, Logan White. Yes, by 2016, the Dodgers will likely sink, and the Rockies and D-backs will still stink, leaving the NL West a battle between the Giants and the Padres.
Okay, that's the best argument I can make for playing the game at Petco and not Camden Yards (well, that and binge watching a fuel season of "The Wire"). But much like every other decision made during Seligula's reign, it came down to money and political favor (and a little bit of spite thrown in for good measure). So before we look at the reasons, let's keep something in mind: MLB has the habit of alternating the ASG between NL and AL parks. In 2014, the game was played in Minnesota (AL). In 2015, it will be in Cincinnati (NL). But in 2016... San Diego is an NL, right?
Bookmakers have set the early over/under for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in San Diego at 0.5.
So first, the Orioles and Peter Angelos are in a legal fight with MLB and the Washington Nationals over television rights fees. And there's nothing Selig enjoys more than being dragged in front of opposing counsel.
And second - and here's the thing I love - the Padres named part of the park "Selig Hall of Fame Plaza." I'll let that sink in. Yes, the team took the huge amounts of shit that it should for that move, especially when they tried to explain it. They said they were ostensibly recognizing the Commissioner for his help in getting the park built, but Selig's announcement of the venue for the 2016 ASG clears up the real reason. BTW, I love that it trends as #BSPlaza on Twitter.
Happy to know that quid pro quo corruption still works in professional sports. #ASG2016#BSPlaza