It was just a few weeks ago I wrote about MLB's policy that allows a player to go on a "rehab" assignment in the minors on the tail end of a supension -- so they are ready to get back on the major league roster immediately.
Now, Bud Selig is finally speaking out on the issue and I have to say, it's about time! Read the full story.
However, no matter how much Selig wants the rules changed, the current rule is in place through December 2011, so it will be some time before it is even brought up again.
During a Q&A session with the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Selig said of the rules, "Their logic was OK -- look, guys get hurt, they can go out on rehab, and so and so forth. But I think that's something we need to really change in the next labor negotiation."
Here's what union general counsel Michael Weiner, who has been designated to succeed Donald Fehr as players' association head, said:
The current rules were in place "to make certain that the penalty a player actually serves does not exceed the negotiated penalty." And, "A player suspended for 50 games should be able to return to play after the 50 games are served."
Not sure what Weiner is getting at here because if a player is suspended for 50 games, he's right, after 50 games served, he SHOULD be able to return to play -- and that should INCLUDE the minors. Where's the debate? To me, it's very clear cut.