Baseball commissioner Bud Selig called Pohlad “a true leader in our sport for the past 25 years.”
“Since the day Carl Pohlad entered Major League Baseball, he made significant contributions to our game,” Selig said. “His devotion to the Minnesota Twins, the Twin Cities and Major League Baseball was remarkable. In my long career, I have never met a more loyal and caring human being.Gotta love Selig's crap.
Significant contributions to baseball? Name one.
Loyal? Twins fans hated him.
Caring? Put your money where your mouth is.
“I live and die by every pitch,” Pohlad once told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I want so badly for them to win. ... If it isn’t competitive and you don’t have a team with character, it won’t be any fun.”
Pohlad had volunteered his team as a contraction candidate in return for a $150 million buyout from his fellow owners.
The Twins got the go-ahead from the state in 2006 for a $522 million stadium paid for mostly by a county sales tax. Pohlad's contribution was about $130 million.
Instead of putting revenue sharing money back into the organization, Pohlad pocketed it.
Twins fans should be rejoicing right now. There can be no worse owner than Pohlad.
Everybody loves to criticize the Steinbrenner family for their spending. But as Jay has previously stated, they put a quality product on the field for they fans, are not afraid to spend the extra few bucks and spends THEIR money, not the public's, on their ball team.
Contrary to what everybody says, this is a great day for baseball.