Time is now for Selig to step down

Friday

Everything in baseball skyrocketed with Bud Selig as commissioner – attendance, profits, franchise value, player salaries and of course, statistics. But while those within baseball might remember Selig for helping the sport succeed economically, the American public will forever associate him with the “fairytale five,” McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, Clemens and now Alex Rodriguez, the leaders of an era tainted by steroids and phony statistics.

In a time where most of the cheaters remain in hiding and the ones who do confess need to be prepped by crisis management teams before speaking publicly, Selig has the opportunity the make the largest statement of all. He needs to resign, effective immediately, to show the world that he is truly ashamed of what happened throughout his tenure as baseball’s commissioner.

Instead, he’ll sit back and collect his exorbitant $18.5 million salary, which is more than every other commissioner in sports and almost every athlete on the face of the earth. He’ll sit there and condemn the steroid users while taking little responsibility for practically celebrating the use of performance-enhancing drugs ten years ago.

"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,” he said. "It is important to remember that these recent revelations relate to pre-program activity. Under our current drug program, if you are caught using steroids and/or amphetamines, you will be punished. Since 2005, every player who has tested positive for steroids has been suspended for as much as 50 games."

How pathetic. Selig will stand up and criticize anyone who was on the juice, but in order to soften the blow to his sport, he points to a testing policy that came along a decade too late. The truth is it essentially took an act of congress for the commissioner to even recognize his sport had a problem.

Now he’s starting to sound a lot like the players who ruined the game. He wants us to forget about the past like McGwire and consider how clean baseball has been in recent years, just like ARod asked fans to do this week. He wants us to consider his entire resume when we judge him, similar to Bonds and Clemens.

But I don’t buy it. I want him to disappear from the sport like Sosa and McGwire. Selig cannot repair his legacy because it’s already set in stone: He had a jacked up salary in a juiced up game that most people consider about as authentic as the WWE.

In the best interest of baseball, Selig should step down and let the game move forward with fresh leadership as it attempts to enter a new era. The history books won’t let us forget what happened during his tenure, but the sport can and will survive.

Selig shouldn’t be so lucky.

4 comments:

Anonymous 2:07 PM, February 13, 2009  

completely agree. no one goes after selig even though he's the most powerful guy in mlb

Anonymous 6:07 PM, February 14, 2009  

If anyone has shamed the game, it is him. You are so right! Sitting on his pedestal condemning those whose names came to light. Everyone needs to keep in mind there are another 102 players who will probably forever remain anonymous in that survey screening back before there was a "drug program". As you said in your recent podcast and I agree those names will never come to light. I am a born and raised Yankee fan. Is A-Rod my favorite Yankee (NO). But give the guy a break. He is by far not the only one now is he?? I think not.

Anonymous 6:29 PM, February 14, 2009  

because no 1 else will say it, i will. that is retarded. selig is an old man who proably hasnt had testosterone in his body in 40 years, how could he be responsable for steroids? he should release the list and hand out life time bans to those that cheated the game, thats what he should do

rob 10:44 AM, February 15, 2009  

I agree selig's legacy is a mess. he did a good job with so much but this stains his name

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