HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig flew into Houston Wednesday to give the keynote speech and answer questions from participants at MLB’s Diversity Business Summit. Houston hosted Major League Baseball’s Second Annual MLB Diversity Business Summit June 18 and 19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
“Diversity is essential to our sport and remains a core priority of Major League Baseball,” Selig said.
When asked about the Houston, Selig had some good news and bad news. The good news? Selig likes what he sees in the Astros’ rebuilding process.
“I’m telling you, they are working. They have a sound farm system. I know that these kinds of programs, people don’t like them, but they’ll like them in 2,3, and 4 years. Maybe even sooner than that.”
The bad news is that Selig ruled out the possibility of Houston hosting another All-Star game anytime in the near future.
“We have 30 teams with a long line of people that want it and look, the All-Star game was great here but I’m having trouble enough with Cubs who have not had it for 40 and 50 years,” Selig said. “If I keep going back to the same places we’ve been, I’ll have more trouble.”
Astros’ owner Jim Crane, general manager Jeff Luhnow and club manager Bo Porter addressed the media before Selig’s speech but declined to answer any questions regarding the impending signing of first-round pick Mark Appel.
Houston hosted the two-day career and trade fair which provided job seekers and entrepreneurs access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs, and MLB’s Central Office. In addition to league-wide networking, the agenda also included workshops and executive roundtable discussions. Selig and the MLB have high expectations for the Diversity Summit.
“This program is huge today, 5-10 years from now it will be stunningly huge,” Selig said.