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Selig may need to intervene

Deadline looming on compensation talks

Working on three days’ rest, Chris Carpenter pitched into the seventh. Working on three days’ rest, Chris Carpenter pitched into the seventh. (Jeff Haynes/Reuters)
By Nick Cafardo
Globe Staff / October 29, 2011

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ST. LOUIS - Commissioner Bud Selig sounded like a man who may have to step into the compensation talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding Theo Epstein.

Selig, speaking before last night’s Game 7 of the World Series, said, “They have until Nov. 1 before this comes to me, and if I had to guess today, it’ll be another thing that I have to deal with on Nov. 1.’’

Selig was asked if the issue has tried his patience.

“Obviously I’ve talked to both parties a lot, all parties involved. And you know, I am sensitive during the playoffs and World Series that nothing should take away from it,’’ he said. “Fortunately nothing has, despite the fact there’s been a lot of conversation. I thought in the end it was OK. It was really all right. Everybody tried. It’s now done. We’ve moved on.’’

Selig lauded the Cubs and Red Sox owners for the jobs they’ve done in energizing their fans.

“From the Cubs’ standpoint, they’ve done very well and I know how much it means to Tom Ricketts and all Cubs fans, and believe me, nobody understands the history of the Cubs any better than I do,’’ he said.

“And the Red Sox, I said back in 2002, a lot of criticism from certain political figures who had no clue, of course, what they were talking about, but it didn’t bother them, I guess, that Larry Lucchino, Tom Werner, and John Henry were the right people to own that team and everybody acknowledged years later that was right.

“They already have Ben Cherington [set as general manager]. They’ve done what they have to do. So given the fact that it occurred during the postseason, I think we worked around that pretty well. I’m quite satisfied.’’

The commissioner also addressed other topics.

On whether he was in favor of banning alcohol in clubhouses, he said: “I think those are the individual decisions of a club. Look, I’m very concerned. I’m always concerned about image. I’m concerned about what people do. I believe that clubs know their own people best, and while I’m not happy about some of the things that have occurred . . . we’ll have meetings in Milwaukee in November and it’s a subject that I’ll talk to them about.’’

Selig said that following Thursday night’s dramatic Game 6, won by the Cardinals, 10-9, in 11 innings, “I said to a couple of people, ‘I’m really proud tonight to be the commissioner of a sport that can produce what just happened.’ ’’

Selig pointed out there have been 13 one-run games this postseason and that with a Texas win there would be a 10th different champion in the last 11 years, which “is unmatched by any other sport.’’

Selig also was asked whether there’s a process in place to name a new commissioner after he retires.

“There isn’t a mechanism in place,’’ Selig said. “But it’s something that I’ve thought a lot about and we’ll continue to talk about it.’’

The commissioner’s office and the Players Association last night agreed to a 24-hour delay to the start of free agency, as part of the collective bargaining agreement. The free agency period was scheduled to begin today. Players will now be able to begin filing for free agency at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow.

Holliday off roster

The Cardinals deactivated left fielder Matt Holliday for the game after he was injured when he was picked off third base in the sixth inning of Game 6. Holliday, who was already dealing with an injury to his right middle finger, suffered a bruised right wrist and severely bruised right pinkie while diving back to third base. Rookie outfielder Adron Chambers replaced Holliday on the roster . . . The Rangers had two of their top run producers, Mike Napoli (left ankle) and Nelson Cruz (right groin), in the lineup after both were injured in Game 6. They went a combined 1 for 8.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Nick Cafardo can be reached at cafardo@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickcafardo.

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