Selig Must Go

December 15, 2007 |

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

These words from Congressman Cliff Sterns (D) of Florida are the only rational ones I have heard in the nonsense that is the Mitchell Report and its aftermath.

Commissioner Bud Selig needs to be asked immediately for his resignation or the owners must act quickly to fire Selig. As Selig would says "it’s in the best interest of baseball".

A new commissioner needs to be appointed–one who isn’t a lap dog for the owners and someone with a combination of stones and common sense to work and beat the players union. Furthermore, the new commissioner needs to keep the owners in their place and just as importantly end the steroid era. Hard decisions need to be made, and Selig isn’t the one to make them.

The game has to move forward and what it needs now is real leadership not Selig. Let’s be honest; he has bumbled this steroid mess. He was slow to react, quick to point fingers and way out of the strike zone from start to finish. If we had leadership like his in World War II, we would all be speaking German or Japanese right know.

He blatantly tried with his 30 accomplices (MLB owners) to cover up the mess, until Congress called him on the carpet and forced him to react. How did Bud react? Start an investigation? Great idea Bud. Who should lead it? How about someone who didn’t have a conflict of interest.

Senator George Mitchell from all accounts is a honorable man, but he had a serious conflict. He is a director of the Red Sox and was formerly on the board of directors of the parent company of one of its broadcast partners (ESPN).

Selig should have known better and hired a true independent person to study the steroid problem.  He should of taken a lesson from history and studied the last true commissioner baseball had–Bart Giamatti.

Do you really think that Giamatti wanted to find Pet Rose guilty? The answer is no, but he did the due diligence. He brought in an outside investigator, John Dowd, who did the work, and when the truth came out, Giamatti did what was best for the game. He banned  Rose for life, however unpopular the decision was.

What would Selig of done? Probably cowered to Reds owner Marge Schott or whomever the owner was and hired some stiff to do a phony report.

That’s not the leadership the game needs and deserves. As they say, the buck stops at the top! Selig has been at the top of Major League Baseball’s hierarchy since 1992. He has been the sheriff in town. Too bad for baseball, the sheriff turned out to be like Rosco P. Coltrane or Barney Fife.

Do you wonder why people in New York are asking why no prominent Red Sox were nailed. Is it suspicious that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz aren’t on the list? Yes! Wrong to speculate? Probably, but isn’t it human nature to think this when you see the conflict that Mitchell had. This should never have been an issue.

I don’t blame Mitchell; I blame Selig. He is the stooge who asked him to do the report. Why because Selig and the other 30 owners don’t want the whole truth to come out. They don’t want the scope to be out in the public eye, especially how they swept the issue under the rug.

Are we really stupid enough to think the owners didn’t know anything?

A commissioner needs to be independent of the owners, not one of them. The time has come to find a true commissioner and impartial overseer of the game. 

Look at Roger Goodell. Since he took over as commissioner of the NFL, he has imposed a brand of justice not seen in the sport. He has nailed players for their indiscretions, the most prominent coach in the game for cheating, and even fined and taken draft picks away from its model franchise.

A new commissioner who is impartial could quickly fix some of these problems. Selig, he thinks and acts too much like an owner.

The end game needs to come for Selig. The time has come for baseball to start healing from his mess and for once inject something positive into its veins–a new commissioner. Go to the bullpen, and call in some relief. Bud Selig you have just been caught looking–Strike Three, You’re Out!

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