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Bud Selig: Cubs’ finances ‘not in violation’

Updated: April 25, 2014 1:58PM

NEW YORK—During his trip to Chicago this week to celebrate the 100th birthday for Wrigley Field, commissioner Bud Selig faced a stream of questions concerning the direction of the Cubs under ownership of the Ricketts family.

“I got back to my office [Thursday] and reviewed everything,” Selig said Friday during his annual meeting with the Associated Press sports editors. “They are not in violation of anything.”

Selig, in his final year as Major League Baseball’s commissoner, bristled when the topic was broached Friday.

“Every day I monitor all of the franchises and I’m a little bit startled that there is even a concern about the Ricketts family,” Selig said. “They are a family that has the means, they have chosen this course of action. I was in Arizona this spring and I saw a lot of scouts and they told me the Cubs’ farm system is outstanding.

“They have chosen a way to rebuild their organization and I think Theo [Epstein] is doing it well.

“I understand the fans’ anxiety. In a year or two, I want to see where all of these amateur Branch Rickeys are. They are not in any violation of our very stringent financial policies. I have a lot of things to worry about and that is not one of them.”

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