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07/13/2004 1:59 AM ET
Selig to chat online at FanFest
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Bud Selig's chat session last year was a lively, 35-minute affair. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is planning to chat it up again with baseball fans around the world via MLB.com in his fourth Internet chat session today during FanFest, just hours before the All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Selig will spend about a half hour answering questions posed on the Internet at the MLB.com booth at FanFest in Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center, beginning at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT). The chat will be carried live on MLB.com.

The John Hancock All-StarFanFest hosts 40 baseball-themed attractions, including state-of-the-art video batting and pitching cages, and interactive clinics.

Last year, Selig's chat session, coming a day before the All-Star Game in Chicago, was a lively affair that lasted about 35 minutes.

As he has every year since 2001 when he took questions via the Internet for the first time in his Milwaukee office, Selig was at ease at the microphone. He responded to questions about such hot topics as the relocation of the Montreal Expos, the Pete Rose situation, and MLB staging a World Cup-type baseball tournament. Selig entertained a live audience in the thousands that included members of the media.

If there's time remaining, the Commissioner will take questions from fans in the audience.

Each year, Selig skirts no issues. Look for this year's Internet chat to be just as informative and entertaining.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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