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_ He said the players’ union shouldn’t have any say-so when baseball’s owners choose their next commissioner. Besides, he joked, it will be “20, 30, 40 years from now” before current Commissioner Bud Selig retires.

_ Weiner even dared to answer the most entertaining question of all: Which two owners would he choose to have with him on a desert island?

“Does an owner want to be on that list?” he asked.

He opted for the owner of the Boston Red Sox and the famous new face of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“Maybe Tom Werner would be a good choice because he’s responsible for having created all those wonderful television shows and all this great entertainment, so he’d be an interesting guy to have,” Weiner said. “Let’s see, I guess Magic Johnson _ because who wouldn’t want to be on a desert island with Magic Johnson?”


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