Winn not worried about umps

As NBA commissioner David Stern spent Tuesday defending his league’s integrity in the wake of last week’s allegations that former referee Tim Donaghy had gambled on games, Giants outfielder Randy Winn said his faith in the impartiality of baseball umpires has not been shaken.

Winn, who played college basketball at Santa Clara and roomed with Phoenix Suns star and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, called the situation “very unfortunate” but said he did not think it was a widespread problem.

“Normally, the umpire or the referee is an unbiased person without any affiliation to a team, so you don’t really think about things like that,” Winn said before Tuesday’s game against Atlanta. “Although players are often on the official, we understand that it’s a tough job.”

SELIG WATCH: Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig ended weeks of speculation when he announced he would make “every attempt” to be on hand when Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record of 755 and Giants manager Bruce Bochy seemed pleased to hear the news.

“I think that’s great,” Bochy said. “We’ll welcome Bud here in San Francisco. It’s good for our city and good for baseball that he’s here watching Barry.”

Selig made a low-key appearance at Tuesday’s game and was seen sharing the owner’s box with executive vice president Larry Baer.

melliser@examiner.com


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