PHOENIX – Commissioner Bud Selig touched on baseball’s labor situation and a variety of other topics during a visit to the press box at the Brewers’ spring-training facility Saturday:
• On his reaction to the NFL lockout: “The 90s were painful for us, really painful. Painful for me, but painful for the sport.
“I sort of replayed in my mind the last few days what happened in ’94. We had this horrendous work-stoppage record. I often said (it was) the worst labor history known to anybody. Strikes in ’72, ’75, ’76, ’80, ’81, ’85, ’90 and ’94.
“They’ve gone through some of that. They’re going to go through it now. You have to go through it to understand really how painful it is. I’m not sure people understand that. People find fault with both sides, the commissioner. When you have substantial differences, this is what happens.”
• On whether the lack of rancor between the owners and players in baseball is a positive sign with the labor agreement set to expire at the end of the season:
“I’m always a devotee of the Yogi Berra school: It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.
“When I think back to my early years in baseball and the public posturing that went on, it turned out it was a pretty accurate barometer of what really happened. Owners ripping owners. Owners ripping the union. The union fighting back. The commissioner is in the middle.
“I’m proud . . . we’ve stopped all that. It helps. It helps to have a constructive dialogue. And that’s what we’re going to try to continue to do.”
• On the details from the police report on Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera:
“One is never happy when they read that. But I want to say — I have to give the Tigers credit. And our own doctors. Our own doctors were there, specialists in that area. They felt they handled it the right way. And I think they did.
“The Tigers have been extremely cooperative. They’re going to give him a lot of help. Somebody will be with him most of the time. Hopefully that will help the situation.”
— Ken Rosenthal