Another 5 years?

29 01 2008

To most bloggers, this news is ancient but I have been so swamped with other projects I did not get a chance to cover it until today. First of all, why?

1994 – Was commissioner while the strike drove away fans, some that never returned and canceled the World Series for the first time since 1904.

2001 – Charged with racketeering and conspiracy along with fellow scumbag Jeffrey Loria (settled out of court for big $$$).

2002 – Called the All-Star game a tie in the 12th in fear of risking the arms of pitchers on the mound, killed All-Star game ratings for years to come.

2005 – Faced Congress for long-ignored Steroid issue that made owners rich and made players the scapegoat.

2008 – Selig’s contract extended until 2012!!! WHAT?!?

Bud will forever be known as the “Steroids Commisioner“. Here’s to another 5 years of concealing the truth and destroying America’s pastime. Thanks, Bud! Keep diggin’ and you might find some integrity.


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29 01 2008
JT

I don’t remember the 2001 incident, but I couldn’t agree with you more! Bud Selig has done nothing but harm the game that I loved growing up. Get him outta there, bring in Bob Costas to restore baseball to its proper place in the America culture.

29 01 2008
whatthehellme

Bud Selig is the reason Jose Canseco has not been able to make a comeback-and as long as that booger picker is commisioner, Jose will never be back on a major league roster.
MLB-Mafia League Baseball
Bud Selig made it that way.

30 01 2008
Uglee

I still like interleague play and the wild card. And tiny-testicled ballplayers.
So party like a rock star, Bud!

30 01 2008
Russ

Technically in 1994 he was “acting commissioner” But still…

1 02 2008
The Infamous Tatiana

No comment….

13 02 2008
Mattie

« from the New York Times:
1:29, updated 2:00 | That Was Then, This Is Now How much has Bud Selig’s impression of baseball’s steroid problems changed since the last time he testified before the House Committee? Consider:
2005 (March 17): “Do we have a major problem? No.”
2008 (Around 1:05 p.m.): “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t have a scintilla of doubt that the use of performance-enhancing drugs is a very serious matter for this sport — at its core. At its core.”
About 40 minutes later, Selig was asked if baseball could change its culture, in which players may be tacitly encouraged to do steroids, if only to stay competitive with those who already have. He responded: “I have a lot more confidence than I did three years ago.”
He was not asked in follow-up questioning how that statement could square with the one before.

From my blog on Bud

Hello world!Figuring out the first half results »Selig-Fehr Wing of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

The worst thing that you used to could say about a player was he was bigger than the game. This week the world read about a lot of guys who were bigger than the game. Guys who had disrespected not only their profession in the modern age, but all those in the game who went before them, who set records playing over their lifetime. Guys who were unable, unwilling to accept that their talents were dimishing, if it was natural-born talent which had brought them some degree of success through their lifetime. Guys who had diminished the game by cheating.

Baseball is a humbling sport. It was a sport always intended to teach humility. It was a lot like life. It was why people played sport, why schools sponsored teams from the beginning. These guys were supposed to, in their youth, learn sportsmanship to a degree, with concepts of fairness. Sports built character. Ask some old-timer in a nursing home how baseball prepared him for the challenges of aging and dealing with failure, with some degree of grace.

Or it used to. Some players have been accused of wrongdoing not with their day in court, and not with an examination of the quality of the evidence of wrongdoing. Congress will soon have hearing, where one representative is on record asking the commissioner to preserve the 10,000 tests baseball does each year in search of steroids. Yes, 10,000 urine tests a year.

Some of the guys who had cheated had robbed somebody, not with firearms, but had used the system to obtain contracts for millions of dollars. In a very public way some of the cheaters will be able to carry on, protected by the guidelines of collective bargaining, with their contracts with performance bonuses and escalator clauses that have been in place for most of professional their careers.

The theme of the Mitchell Report involved the basic human condition, the failure of moral authority, the failure of baseball to have a moral authority to rule over what is right and what is wrong, in a world that more and more was filled with people who ask not to be judged. These were people, by-standers, trying to make a living.

By-standers trying to make a living? ‘What you see here, what you say here, when you leave here, let it stay here.’

One month ago, a New York Times columnist thought an executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association should have been remembered and enshrined this year in the Hall of Fame for his influence upon the game, an assertion that seems right since the Players Association had made certain that Dollar Sign on Muscles was not just the name of some old reference book now available in used bookstores. In a society where more and more are isolated, challenged to come together, reflected in participation in bowling leagues, in labor unions, there is the Players Association, stronger each year, eroding to a degree more and more each year the lessons of humility in the game.

The theme of the Mitchell Report was that, as more and more money was pumped into one sport, sportsmanship was missing. The theme of the Mitchell Report was it was missing with players, with front office people, with owners, and overall with the moral authority in the game. Baseball had come to reflect society. The failure of baseball in the modern age is not the sport.

Accusedby Fay Vincent of being a ringleader in the collusion that took place in the late 1980s, Bud Selig was asked to guide the game starting in September 1992. Maybe that was why the Players Association refused to talk to Mr. Mitchell, who was hired by the commissioner. One year ago the commissioner was honored by a magazine Sports Business Journal, where it was reported that he too was rewarded with a contract with performance bonuses and escalator clauses of close to $15 million.

The Mitchell Report does call the question if his era, the Selig Years from 1993 through 2007 with his greatest achievement of consensus-building among owners, was not a repeat of his leadership of collusion, only this time with Bud in bed with the Major League Baseball Players Association, setting records for attendence, looking the other way in denial of a problem. It is an era that should always be remembered. When the Major League Baseball Players Association had now grown bigger than the game, with and without performance enhanced drugs. It is an era that should always be remembered, comparable to those Cold War days when East German athletes were always viewed as less than human, as walking science experiments. These Selig Years present such a nice continuity from the end of the Cold War. Some guys who were bigger than the game will inevitably be enshrined as some kind of heroes. Some people who ask not to be judged, would not be interviewed.

Sportswriters assigned to cover this sport will now wrestle with their privilege granted to determine which players of this era with no moral authority belong in the Hall of Fame, as if that Hall of Fame was also bigger than the game.

The lessons of humility are still there everyday. A. Bartlett Giamatti wrote in the epilogue to Take time for Paradise, “Games, contests, sports reiterate the purpose of freedom every time they are enacted –the purpose being to show how to be free and to be complete and connected, unimpeded, integrated, all at once.” And he continued, no matter how cheapened, or commercialized, for the purpose of training, and testing, and rewarding the rousing motion within us, to find a moment or more of freedom. “Through sport, we re-create our daily portion of freedom, in public.”

The theme of the Mitchel Report is the same theme as in the book of Genesis, of the human condition, lessons of humility. These still are days when most players triy to go about their own business, some better than others, dealing with the sleaze, and a commissioner’s ofice dealing with 10,000 urine tests a year. While baseball figures out what to do next, maybe those 10,000 urine tests can be stored in the Hall of Fame, in a special wing to be built and also used for any new inductees, for guys who played after September 1992 .

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