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Report: Selig to get two-year extension

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Report: Selig to get two-year extension

For quite some time word on the street was that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig would retire at the end of the 2012 season.

Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that Selig, 77, will get a two-year extension.

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Buster Olney Not surprisingly, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will get an extension this week at the owners' meetings, of at least two years.
Jan 10 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

The news doesn't come as a surprise, at least to the New York Daily News' Bill Madden.

"There isn't a single person in baseball who believes Selig is going anywhere," he said. "Even Selig's closest friends find laughable the notion of him walking away from a job that pays upwards of 20 million per year, along with the perks of a private jet, to teach sports history."

A vote should happen this week at the owners' meetings in Arizona.

Are you surprised with the extension? Do you think Selig should have retired? If so, who would you want as Commissioner?

Home run ball continues to sting Cubs' starting pitching

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Home run ball continues to sting Cubs' starting pitching

Cubs' starting pitchers have been on a roll recently, anchoring the team during its 30-day stretch without a day off. Over each of their last six starts (entering Wednesday), Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Kyle Hendricks and José Quintana have been flat-out dominant.

Mike Montgomery has been stellar lately as well, allowing two runs or less in five of his last six starts. One common trend, though, is that Cubs' starting pitchers have been susceptible to the long ball as of late.

Hamels has allowed five home runs total in his last three starts, including two Wednesday night. The veteran left-hander surrendered a three-run blast in the first inning as well as a two-run shot in the sixth inning.

Lester has not allowed a home run since Aug. 27 against the Mets, but Hendricks has allowed one in two of his last three starts. Quintana allowed two solo homers in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Reds, while Montgomery has given up one in each of his last two starts.

Home runs by the oppposition haven't hurt the Cubs much recently, as they are 18-11 in their last 29 games. The pitching staff has been excellent down the stretch, outside of Wednesday's 9-0 loss.

Even then, though, the offense scored zero runs on one hit, so the three home runs that the pitching staff allowed ultimately did not matter.

Come October, though, it could be something to look out for, when one swing of the bat could change a game or series instantly.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are the Cubs on their way to a World Series?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are the Cubs on their way to a World Series?

David Haugh, Justin Roman and Jason Goch join Mark Schanowski on the panel. The Cubs keep on rolling at the right time. Will their hot streak carry them to the World Series or will their banged-up bullpen be their downfall? The guys discuss when Mitch Trubisky will stop being a work in progress and Kendall Gill drops by to talk about Jimmy Butler’s trade demand.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded link below!