Selig on Matthews: I agree with Angels

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Angels owner Arte Moreno stood shoulder to shoulder Saturday inside the press box at Tempe Diablo Stadium – literally and figuratively. On the field below, the Angels were playing the Seattle Mariners. Upstairs, a different contest was taking place: the ongoing waiting game between embattled Angels’ outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and the rest of baseball. Moreno, growing more angry every day, is pushing for some sort of resolution by Opening Day. In the meantime, team officials reportedly have discussed everything from a suspension to voiding the five-year, $50 million contract Matthews signed during the offseason. But they’re stuck until Matthews speaks up. Hence, their escalating level of irritation. Moreno has an ally in Selig, who dropped by the Angels’ training facility Saturday and offered total support. “Arte and I are absolutely on the same page,” Selig said. “I’ve read all of Arte’s comments, and I’ve talked to Arte. I can say there isn’t a scintilla of difference between our positions.” Matthews was given the day off by manager Mike Scioscia and was dressed and gone by the time the Angels played the Mariners. For Scioscia, it was another day fielding questions about his new center fielder, and he, too, is pining for a quick resolution. “Any time something like this happens, silence is a distraction,” Scioscia said. “I know Gary’s got something to say and we hope he says it soon.” Selig agreed. “Whenever we have issues after all we have been through with (steroids), I have very serious concerns,” he said. “This sport needs to move away from all of this.” Matthews, however, continues to hold that process up, firmly entrenched in a self-imposed cone of silence as his lawyers and public relations people sort through their options. Pen-tastic: Darren Oliver knows a good bullpen when he sees one, and the Angels have a potentially great one, according to the veteran left-hander. “All the pieces are definitely there,” Oliver said. Oliver was a big part of a dominant bullpen last year with the New York Mets, serving in a long relief role and finishing 4-1 with a 3.44 ERA over 81innings. He probably won’t log as many innings with the Angels, but his role will be no less significant. Oliver is expected to be the Angels’ primary left-handed specialist. He said he looks around the clubhouse and sees many of the same traits he saw last year with the Mets: good camaraderie, a balanced group of pitchers offering ample versatility and a pair of dominant arms in Scott Shields and Francisco Rodriguez. “I don’t like to compare bullpens much, but it’s pretty clear the potential is here to do some big things,” Oliver said. [email protected] (818) 713-3612 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It’s been nearly two weeks since allegations surfaced that Matthews purchased human- growth hormone from an Internet pharmacy currently under investigation by the FBI, and Matthews has done nothing to shed any light on his involvement. To say the Angels are annoyed is an understatement. They want Matthews to come clean so they can move forward. His refusal to do so has steadily raised management’s frustration level. last_img