In order for Major League Baseball to move forward out of the “Steroid Era” Commissioner Bud Selig must resign. In fact, if he had any integrity Selig would have resigned after the release of the Mitchell Report in December of 2007. Allowing Selig to lead baseball’s post “Steroid Era” cleanup is tantamount to having Pete Rose and Tim Donaghy lead a probe into gambling in sports. Would you put a fox in charge of hen house security?
Selig benefited as much if not more than any player and if anyone is banned from MLB it should start with him. Banning a player after tacitly encouraging them to cheat and then benefiting financially from the cheating is the height of hypocrisy.
Selig’s fingerprints are all over the “Steroid Era”. The Mitchell Report detailed a pervasive steroid culture throughout MLB that began shortly after Selig’s tenure began. In fact, if not for the shattering of some of baseball’s most hallowed records and the burning glare of a Congressional spotlight baseball still wouldn’t even test for steroids.
I’m not saying Selig is solely responsible for baseball’s steroid problems, but it did occur on his watch. For someone charged with acting “In the best interests of baseball” this used car salesman has done nothing of the sort. Bud and his ownership buddies watched their profits and franchise values swell along with the biceps of their sluggers. Just as the players used steroids out of greed and the quest for glory, the judgment of MLB’s leadership was clouded by the piles of cash stacking up around them.
Mark McGwire issued his grand admission this week. As a further example of Selig’s incompetence, rather than condemning McGwire for making of mockery of the single season home run record Selig commended Big Mac’s honesty. Bud should resign out of embarrassment and to clear the path for a legitimate cleanup of the sport he professes to love.
Baseball should appoint a real commissioner (ie: not an owner), enact a zero tolerance policy for steroids (Players union be damned) and remove any player who admitted to steroid use or failed a drug test from the Hall of Fame ballot. Sorry Big Mac, Raffy, Barry Bonds and Manny. As an added step, MLB should develop a reliable test for hGH or until a reliable test is developed for hGH it should be removed from the list of banned substances. If you ban it and don’t test for it you are simply repeating the mistakes of the past and morphing the “Steroid Era” into the “hGH Era”.