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Selig Approves Of Pirates' Finances, Draft Strategy

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Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who was in Milwaukee Friday for the Pirates' game against the Brewers at Miller Park, had some positive comments about Pittsburgh's finances in the wake of recent scrutiny brought about by leaked financial information about the team's profits.

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"I feel comfortable with telling you that the union wanted to talk about Pittsburgh six months ago. They did and left satisfied," Selig said. ""Let me say this to you: We constantly check everything. The players association has all the numbers. You have to look at the long view of numbers, not just a year or two."

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He also spoke about the Pirates' draft spending and his impression of the direction of the franchise.

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"I follow the draft intimately, and I think they've done a good job of signing players the past two or three years. I think they're on the right track. I really do. I evaluate everything that goes on, and people tell me the kids that they're signing are good. I know there's frustration, and I understand that. And I'm not unsympathetic. But I really think they're on the right track."

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