Former San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds listens to lawyer Allen...

Former San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds listens to lawyer Allen Ruby speak to the media in San Francisco, California. (April 13, 2011) Credit: MCT

Barry Bonds may now have a conviction on his record, but his baseball records are in no jeopardy.

Bud Selig said Thursday, at a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors, that he wouldn't change the record books in light of Bonds' conviction for obstruction of justice, which tied into his grand-jury testimony concerning illegal performance-enhancing drug usage.

"Anyone who understands baseball, understands why you can't do that," the baseball commissioner said, referring to the slippery slope that exists regarding such a move.

In other news, Selig expressed optimism that a new playoff system, featuring one more wild-card entry from each league, could be in place for the 2012 season.

He said he hoped to get a worldwide draft and amateur-draft slotting in the new collective bargaining agreement, although he expressed more confidence in getting the former than the latter. The CBA expires after this season, and representatives from ownership and the Players Association met Thursday for another round of negotiations.

Selig reiterated that he intends to retire after the 2012 season, when his contract ends, but he admitted that even his wife, Sue, is skeptical. The owners would like to extend Selig again.

The commissioner and Players Association head Michael Weiner announced an agreement to make an annual payment to players who retired before 1980 but who didn't accrue enough service time to qualify for a pension benefit.

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