The commissioner would also have no say about postseason play, scheduling, realignment, expansion, broadcasting contracts, revenue sharing or the sale or relocation of teams.

In other words, he would sit quietly in a nice office, contemplating his autograph collection.

The lone voice of opposition to this major coup belongs to Senator Howard Metzenbaum, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on antitrust. Last week, the Ohio Democrat sharply criticized the owners for declawing the commissioner, and he pledged that the Senate Judiciary Committee will take a hard look at baseball's antitrust exemption this session.

As well it should. Of course, Congress called Casey Stengel in back in 1958 to explain the game's financial intricacies, and sports fans know how that turned out.

For the time being, Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig continues in his role as "acting commissioner"--which means that the other owners make sure Selig's drink is always fresh during the cocktail hour.

For this, Selig is paid a million dollars a year, according to the New York Times. At the time Vincent was run off, his salary was $650,000. Where is Kenesaw Mountain Landis when we need him?

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