Friday, February 13, 2009

More thoughts on why Bud Selig is a clown

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who pondered the other day whether to suspend Alex Rodriguez for failing a confidential steroid test in 2003, spoke out against Alex yesterday:

"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am saddened by the revelations concerning Alex Rodriguez's use of performance-enhancing substances," Selig said. "While Alex deserves credit for publicly confronting the issue, there is no valid excuse for using such substances and those who use them have shamed the game.

"What Alex did was wrong and he will have to live with the damage he has done to his name and reputation."
Meanwhile, former MVP Miguel Tejada, who admitted buying human growth hormone, although he claimed he never used it, also made the news recently. He pleaded guilty to making misleading statements to Congressional investigators during the Mitchell Report investigation; Tejada denied knowing that other teammates were using steroids. So it sounds like Tejada got prosecuted for obeying baseball's code. Now is he not only facing possible jail time, but he might even be deported.

So what does Bud Selig say about that? Nothing. Shocker.

It's convenient for Selig to make this issue all about A-Rod, instead of taking responsibility for his own lack of action on the steroid era. Heck, he couldn't even feign outrage over the allegations that MLB player rep Gene Orza was tipping off players on steroid tests. Not to mention the lack of concern that a confidential test was exposed. Good thing MLB is paying Bud $18 million a year. Sheesh.

At least spring training is starting. Hooray!

What do you think? Tell us about it!


Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo said...

Forrest Gump for comish!

Anonymous said...

Why aren't the other 103 being considered for suspension as well. This is stupid.

Uncle Mike said...

The (expletive deleted) still won't release the other 103 names. And since the owners decide who's the Commissioner, and he's literally one of them (Emeritus, shemeritus!), we can't get rid of him.

At least in some electoral systems, we can vote out an incompetent leader, or there's measures for recall if it's a governor of mayor, or in a parliamentary system the government can collapse before its term is up if the Prime Minister loses enough support. But We the People can't have Selig removed.

We may have to wait for the old buzzard to die before baseball gets straightened out. And when that happens, will the owners appoint someone to their liking again, rather than to ours? Is the Pope Catholic?

The evidence from Yankee Stadium last April says yes; the evidence from all kinds of ballparks says yes, there will be another Commissioner who believes his job is to preserve the profits of the owners.

Anonymous said...

Selig is and always will be a clown, but didn't I just read where he got a huge raise on baseball commiss-that the problem with our society, over-compensating under-achievers. The only way to restore some type of normalism to baseball is to release all names on the so called secret list--will that mean it is everyone that ever took steriods--no but it is a place to start. Publish the names, let players, the union, and the owners decide what to do after that but lets get everything out in the open and then try to restore a positive image.

Anonymous said...

Good point about Tejada. Why isn't Bud speaking out about a guy who could literally go to jail? Such a circus.

Anonymous said...

Nam, no matter how often you ask that question, I am going to continue agreeing with you tirelessly.

Yes, it is stupid. It's also grossly unfair and sends the worst kind of message out to the public like it's okay for a seemingly endless number of people to target and gang up on one person and make an example out of him simply because the masses arbitrarily decide they "don't like" him for whatever reasons they feel they can justify.

It also send a message that it's okay for our society to use a pack mentality when it comes to choosing a scapegoat for our collective frustrations.

lb said...

Selig is an idiot. Nothing else left to say

Anonymous said...

yes selig is a jacka$$. we get it. even non-yankee fans can grasp that. BUT, Aroid still cheated. it doesn't excuse his behavior, even if there are 103 more who did likewise. stop whining already!!

first waa, waa, waa, Joe Torre is a traitor!
Now, boo, hoo, hoo, Afraud isn't the only one, what about the others:( selig is a big poopy head!!

Shut up and play ball already!!!!! focus on the positive, the yanks signed brett tomko today!!

Anonymous said...

oh yeah, and let's not forget the news about leyritz! what a great guy!!

Anonymous said...

Easy for you to say, KM - you're not a Yankee fan. You have no vested emotional interest.

Besides, you're right here all along calling him A-Fraud, too.

Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo said...

I do feel that there is a double standard here, Selig gotta think it with A-Rod but mum on Tejada.

Then again, I do EVERYTHING is a conspiracy and am a bit (just a bit) paranoid.

So, lucky for you guys that I live more than 2,000 miles away from you!

Anonymous said...

you're wrong emperor, i do have a vested emotional interest. i am a fan of the game. the team that i root for is the mets, but the game is first. when there are players who do things to ruin the game, i am affected by it. i would react the same whether it is a yankee or a mets player as far as the integrity of the game goes. fortunately we have not had any real big names come out. loduca doesn't count, he was hardly a met. the big name that I have been expecting has not been implicated, and although i will be devastated if he is named, i will not blame others for his guilt. they make their own choices.

Anonymous said...

You know, KM - that's a damn good answer. :-)

You're right.

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