Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Reinsdorf Reveals Plan to Leave Baseball

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Reinsdorf Reveals Plan to Leave Baseball

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CHICAGO -- Jerry Reinsdorf is 77, going on 40. He wasn't joking when he told a friend he is planning to serve as host when the 2033 All-Star Game comes to U.S. Cellular Field, commemorating the first one at Comiskey Park in 1933.

But I'm not sure about that. It feels to me like the White Sox are entering a period of change after a long run of stability, with the roster in flux under first-year general manager Rick Hahn and ownership in question for the first time since Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn led a group in buying the team in 1981.

Why did Reinsdorf reveal to the Sports Business Journal that in his estate plan he has recommended that his family sell its interest in the White Sox and hang onto the Bulls? He's not usually such an open book.

Could the club chairman have been floating a trial balloon? Was he letting interested parties know the team could be going on the market at some point in the near future? Only he knows -- and the team denies anything has changed -- but he had his reasons for the disclosure, you can be sure of that.

Reinsdorf, who on Wednesday night was given a lifetime achievement honor at the Sports Business Journal Awards, loves baseball and the chance to run a team, especially one that frequently gives him a chance to say "told you so" to those who take it lightly. All things being equal - or at least the way they have been the last 20 years - I think you would have to take him out of his U.S. Cellular office kicking and screaming.

But things are never equal. And as we speak, payrolls are continuing to rise and Bud Selig gets another day closer to retiring as commissioner.

While the NBA has a salary cap, baseball relies only on a tax structure to hold down player costs. Thus, the rival Tigers will pay $74 million to three players (Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander) in 2015. Competing against them isn't as much fun as it used to be. …

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