22 December 2007

COMMISSIONER FOR LIFE

A few weeks ago I called for the resignation on Bud Selig as MLB commissioner. According to an article by RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer, if I was an owner, I'd be in the minority.

"He has total support of the ownership, total support," Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said.

"He's a terrific commissioner, and he's doing the right thing in trying to clean up the sport," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said through spokesman Howard Rubenstein. "I am fully supporting him."

Selig has said he plans to retire in two years, when he's 75, but some owners think they can persuade him to stay on.

"Believe me, we're going to certainly try," Reinsdorf said. "The job is not done yet. He shouldn't leave until he knows that he's accomplished all he wants to accomplish and there's somebody in place to pick up the ball and go the rest of the way."

Only Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) and Bowie Kuhn (1969-84) have served longer among the nine commissioners.

Oh joy, Bud will be around for 2 years and maybe more!

Now get this one:

"I'm not sure exactly what you'd say was Bud's crime? I mean, what was he supposed to do?" former commissioner Fay Vincent said. "He has no magic wand. He has got to work with owners. He has to work with the union."

The crime, you idiot, was that HE KNEW (as did YOU when you were the commissioner) there was a steroid/HGH problem in MLB and did not act on it until the U.S. Congress got involved and threatened to take away your anti-trust exemption!

But, at least I'm not the only one asking Selig to step aside:

Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican who sponsored a bill and held hearings on drugs in 2005, called on Selig to resign.

"Certainly, a lack of leadership and oversight in MLB enabled these abuses to continue," Stearns said. "After 15 years of slow action, a new commissioner is needed to guide the league out of this era of drug abuse."

Baseball, its players, the teams and the owners took a big black eye because of Selig's lack of action when he knew a problem existed. That is a cause for dismissal.



2 comments:

Dr.evil29 said...

In my opinion the only reason the Selig has the owners loyalty is that the owners are just as "guilty" in the steroid/HGH problem as the commissioner. Who knows what Selig would spill to the media if the owners really pissed him off and got him removed damaging his historic image. The second reason why the owners love him is they are getting rich from Selig's leadership profits are up owners are happy. Can one imagine Tony Soprano whacking his best money producing Captain?

Mike said...

I can't disagree with that, you are correct.

But if Bud had any B**ls, he would have got in the owners face about this. Yes, he'd be a 'former commissioner' like Fay, but at least he would have tried.

Now he looks like a shill.

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