The suspended MSNBC talk show host, who returns tomorrow, wrote an predictably wordy open letter where he apologized to viewers for “having precipitated such anxiety and unnecessary drama”; said that “he mistakenly violated an inconsistently applied rule”—a veiled jab at conservative figures (maybe Joe Scarborough, maybe some CNBC hosts) in the NBC universe; explained that MSNBC management made him think that suspension was not on the table and he eventually found out about his punishment “through the media”; and expressed gratitude to everyone who stood by him, which reminded him “of the power of individuals spontaneously acting together to correct injustices great or small.”
He also posted to his baseball blog today, where he called out Major League Commissioner Bud Selig for spreading an untruth, for Abner Doubleday did not in fact invent baseball in 1840! Good sir, commissioner sir, must you know that it was the the young and firefighting Knickerbocker Alexander Cartwright on the fields of Hoboken in 1846?
Abner Doubleday Did Not Invent Baseball [Baseball Nerd/MLB.com]
A Statement to the Viewers of Countdown [Scribd]