Selig: Strike, Steroids and Incompetence

Is there anyone more inept at his job than Bud Selig? As an avid baseball watcher during his reign as commissioner, I have seen more blunders and screw ups than I ever thought possible of a man who makes more than $18 million a year.

Take your choice: The strike in 1994. The 2002 all-star game embarrassment. Making the all-star game one of the most meaningful games of the year. Or presiding over baseball for what is now known as the “steroid era.” Any of these things can be looked at as microcosms of the man himself.

Selig was handed the keys to America’s past time and wrecked the car before he could turn the corner. Under Selig, Major League Baseball has also seen the number of African-American players drop to an all-time low in 2007, at 8.2 percent. This not only hurts baseball as a business, but as a sport in general, because of the loss of many young, marketable athletes to other sports such as football or basketball.

You can’t point to any one person and say this era of steroid induced baseball is his fault. However, shouldn’t the man on top admit to some of the responsibility? That is something Selig has yet to do. He sat by, turning a blind eye, while players were becoming massive hunks of veins and muscles, destroying records of yesteryear. Yet, when people demand answers, he can do nothing but point the finger in the other direction.

The bottom line is this: When you see a great franchise come along, it always begins with stability at the top — something Selig can not provide. And all of the scrutiny and recent disgust toward baseball rests at the top, as it should. So, when I look back on Selig’s reign as head honcho, I don’t see glory years or the creation of the wild card, I see a strike, steroids and utter incompetence.


5 responses to “Selig: Strike, Steroids and Incompetence

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  2. Once again someone gives way too much credit to Bud Selig and not enough to the players themselves. Selig may have turned a blind eye but it was the players association that is culpable. You want Selig to take credit … how about Donald Fehr join him on stage for a duet.

    • paulcbarrera

      I agree that it’s important for fans and writers to acknowledge that the players hold a majority of the culpability when it comes to performance enhancement. But it’s an oversimplification to say that Selig did little else than turn a blind eye. He had more than one opportunity to nip the thing in the bud in the early part of the last decade, and by the time the ’98 home run chase came around, it was simply too late. Selig’s not the whole problem; hell, he’s not even the biggest part of the problem. But the fact that he was the one at the wheel is inarguable and very significant–it wasn’t the players who decided to look the other way, after all.

  3. The players and Donald Fehr should all share in equal blame absolutely, however I find it quite hypocritical for Bud Selig to be passing sentences down to players after the fact, when he and the owners were just as liable for the juice running rampant through the league because it was making them all money, including the players. At the end of the day don’t you think if the commissioner or the owners passed down suspensions or warnings of suspensions once they found out about it, it could have stopped a lot of the abuse? I think so. Just as in any business the man in charge is going to and should take the bulk of the heat, that’s why he make over 18 million a year (undeserving or not). Players are always going to look for an edge, always have and always will.

  4. Selig is an idiot.. nuff said

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