Bud Selig should quit

7 08 2007

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that Barry Bonds tied Henry Aaron’s all-time home run record this week. No news there.

What I don’t get is Bud Selig’s reaction, and subsequent statement issued by his office.

As I said previously…out of respect for the tradition of the game, the magnitude of the record and the fact that all citizens in this country are innocent until proven guilty, either I or a representative of my office will attend the next few games and make every attempt to observe the breaking of the all-time home-run record.

Bud, we understand you’re good buddies with Aaron. We know that you’re not excited about having to follow Barry around while he chases this record. We know that you don’t want to appear that you endorse Bond’s alleged steroid use.

And for all those reasons, you should resign your job immediately.

The commissioner of baseball really has one job to do, and that’s to be an ambassador for the game. You’ve failed at meeting this job description.

To do this job, you have to be enthusiastic about the things that make the game special. The home run record is one of those things.

The steroid era that Selig is attempting to ignore started on his watch, and was ignored by the commissioner’s office for years while players like Bonds, McGwire, Giambi, and Palmeiro used steroids. We all knew there was a chemical advantage at work, the evidence was all there. The consensus is that baseball ignored the evidence under the belief that the game could not survive a second scandal after the 1994 player’s strike.

Selig’s actions in the face of mounting evidence, to refuse to mandate better testing or even acknowledge the depth of the problem, makes him just as culpable (if not more so) as Bonds. His disinterest in the proceedings is that of a guilty man, refusing to go near the scene of past crimes, embarrassed and fearful of being spotted.

In contrast, Selig made sure to personally call and congratulate Alex Rodriguez (a “clean” player in terms of doping perceptions), who earlier in the day became the youngest player to 500 homers. No canned press release there.

Want to improve baseball? Start by having Bud resign. The fans deserve a commissioner that is free from the taint of scandal and can be a real fan of the game, just like the rest of us.




2 responses

30 08 2007
cssr’s blog » ExCuse Me?

[…] I digress….. As included in the blog on the WorldPress.Com article entitled, Bud Selig Should Quit, the steroid controversy swirling around Bonds started on THIS COMMISIONER’S watch!  When Mark […]

1 09 2007
Bud Selig should quit, part deux « The Konami Code

[…] (See my previous post on why Bud should quit) […]

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