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JULY 24, 2002
11:00 AM
Heather Holdridge, 202-285-9241, e-mail:, or
John Hlinko, 202-667-7980, e-mail:
'Bud Selig Must Go'; Launches Grassroots Fan Petition to Get a New Baseball Commissioner at
WASHINGTON - July 24 - "," a grassroots group of baseball fans sick of greed destroying the game they love, today launched a petition drive calling on Major League Baseball owners to replace Bud Selig with a new, independent Commissioner -- one who can finally put an end to the ills threatening to ruin yet another baseball season. The move comes on the heels of the group's July 11 "Fan Walkout Day," an effort which yielded it thousands of new members and coverage on national and international TV, including CNN.

"It's time for Bud Selig to Go," said Heather Holdridge, 'Team Captain' of the group. "Major League Baseball is in chaos, the owners and players are about to torpedo another season, and the man presiding over it all is no All-Star. We can do better."

TakeBackBaseball asserted that firing Bud Selig, the owners' commissioner who has misled the US Congress and baseball fans time after time, is the first key step towards restoring integrity to the national pastime. Fans can sign the "Bud Must Go" petition at or, and learn more about other ways they can help reform the game will deliver compiled petitions to the 30 Major League owners and Selig himself. Fans can also express their opinion as to who the Commissioner should be, choosing from several options, or filling in a choice of their own.

"We are telling the owners that it's high time for them to get an independent Commissioner," said John Hlinko, one of the group's 'Pitchers. "One with the stature, reputation, and common sense to bring the sides together, one who really is impartial, and one who understands that THERE'S NO TYING IN BASEBALL!" also announced that it had gained momentum for a second "Fan Walkout Day," to take place on August 1st. The group is specifically asking fans to sign a pledge to stay home from major league baseball games on August 1. Fans can pledge to take part in this strike by signing up at

About is a grassroots group of baseball fans who are sick and tired of greed destroying the game they love, and who are actively working to make sure that baseball is about the national pastime - not the national bottom line. It is supported by the volunteer efforts of a number of fans, including a number of veterans of online political campaigns. The group is headquartered at, and has been featured on CNN, Fox, and dozens of radio, print and online media outlets. Baseball fans, and groups interested in joining the coalition, are encouraged to visit, join the "team," and learn about other grassroots efforts to save baseball.


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