Selig says O'Malleys-Pads deal 'good for baseball'

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Commissioner Bud Selig says the possible purchase of the San Diego Padres by the O'Malley family is "an excellent development for baseball."

Speaking Monday during a telephone conference call, Selig said "the O'Malley tradition is remarkable."

The group negotiating with Padres controlling owner John Moores includes four grandchildren of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley -- Kevin and Brian O'Malley, and their cousins Peter and Tom Seidler, the chief executive of Class A Visalia Rawhide.

Moores' proposed sale of the team to Jeff Moorad collapsed in March after baseball owners refused to approve Moorad as controlling owner.