For Selig, this is a case of, "Better him than me." For while Stern deals with the Knicks, Major League Baseball appears to be enjoying an outbreak of widespread competence.I think Davidoff gives way too much benefit of the doubt to Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, but I agree that there is, generally speaking, more competence floating around today than at any other time in living memory.
To put it less politely, when you scrutinize all 30 teams' ownerships and front offices, the idiot quotient is virtually nonexistent.
UPDATE: The commenter below believes that the Orioles should definitely not be lumped in with San Francisco and Pittsburgh:
As an O's fan, I would have agreed with you until MacPhail jumped on board and started to turn things around. We now clearly do have a plan. He's executed well on a number of trades. (2 good prospects from the Cubs for Steve Trachsel?! Adam Jones!) He made the no-brainer move that many front offices would stupidly not make--cutting loose Jay Gibbons even though he's owed a bunch of money. So give the O's some slack. I can't speak for the Giants or Pirates, but I don't see the same evidence of a plan for the future there.
Know what? I think he's right. My assessment of Baltimore was too glib and ignored the fact that they have done several things right since the end of last season. MacPhail may very well have done what his predecessors have not, and that's take the final decision making out of Peter Angelos' hands. Make no mistake: it's going to be a grim season in Baltimore. But, if an Orioles fan like my commenter has reason for hope, we should give his team the benefit of the doubt because hope has been the one thing distinctly absent around the Harbor for the past decade.