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Bud Selig " The real shame on the game"

Posted on: February 20, 2009 7:32 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2009 11:30 pm
 

Bud Selig has the temerity to say that A-Fraud "shamed the game". This is the absolute height of hypocrisy. This is the guy who stood blindly as a bystander allowing this to fester in 1998 when it was widely speculated that steroids was a part of the game.

Rick Helling, a former 20 game winner, spoke numerous times about this at various union meetings. The MLBPA of course ignored his pleas because they didn't want to kill the golden goose. At least they could hide behind the excuse of "protecting" their players. This is of course untrue since the health and reputation of their players would later be sullied like never before.

This commissioner did nothing to stem the tide. He bristles at the recent criticism which was long overdue, cowardly saying the union would fight him tooth-and-nail and that prevented him from tougher measures. What a weak argument! Real leadership involves taking on those who are wrong-headed and doing what is right no matter what the obstacles are. He was too scared and lacked any moral imperative and integrity. He's a gutless fraud who only when consistently humiliated by the congress which threatened to shut down his game and impliment testing, then decided to be "proactive". Proactive? No, more like reactive. He has the gall to state he's done more with testing than anyone else. What? You've got to be kidding me! If he was left to his own devices, guys like Joey Cora would look like Hulk Hogan! You hear that brotha?

There are 103 more names on that "confidentiality" list. MLB should have a massive investigation to determine what MLB employee(s) and players(as has been levied by Radomski) gave away the information on A-Fraud. That lies at his feet since he's the head of MLB and it's offices. However, has he stepped up here? No, the coward issues a statement that A-Fraud has "shamed the game." How can he possibly make a statement like that given his background and culpability here? That's like Marv Albert speaking out against Charles Barkley. Marv, like Bud has no moral ground. He's as bad, if not a worse sinner.

I believe that Bud Selig is the worst commissioner in the history of MLB and IMHO all of N.American sports. He is 100% responsible through his complacency and ignorance for the steroid era and the absolute denigration of the 2 hallowed HR records at the hands of cheaters like Bonds. If A-Fraud breaks the record an even bigger and more exposed cheater would hold the mark. He can't feign ignorance. He's the commissioner. If he didn't know, he was more stupid than he looks. I find that next to impossible.

Selig already was responsible through his weakness, lack of diplomacy, intelligence and foresight for the elimination of the 1994 baseball season. No season in the history of baseball was ever lost and it came under his watch. He has also taken a once fun exhibition baseball game played at mid-season and made it the deciding factor in who gets home-field for the sports greatest event.

This cretin is also making 17 million a year to drag the sport through the mud on a yearly basis. Canceled seasons, steroids scandals and payrolls over 200 million have all come on his watch. A sport which once was America's game has become America's joke. It's spring training and all anyone is talking about is A-Fraud. Now, the Bonds trial is heating up. Another black eye on the 17 million dollar weasel. Next up, Selena Roberts expose. Dance around that, Buddy boy. If you can, join Dancing with the Stars.

Now Selig is talking of suspending A-Fraud. Well, why doesn't he just do the proper thing and suspend permanently the man( or whatever he is) who allowed this mess to happen and fester over the last decade? Why doesn't he just look in the mirror and say, I am to blame. Then hold a press conference and resign ASAP. No one would miss him expect those he's enabled. The sport would be stronger in one fell swoop. That would be the only honorable thing he's ever done as commissioner. Quit Bud and let a real leader and man take over. You're neither. You are a disgrace and a coward.

Well, I've said my peace here. I hope baseball in 2009 can be about what is on the field, not what went on in some bathroom or locker stall. Baseball will survive, but it should have never reached this point. One day when a real leader is running the sport, we'll truly know how bad Bud Selig was. I just hope that day is coming soon...   real soon.

 

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Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2009 8:52 pm
 

Bud Selig " The real shame on the game"

 

1. Los Angeles (LW --) Week 2 record (7-0)

This team demolished the and the at home, en route to a 6-0 home record to begin the season.  All the attention is on , but fantasy owners know that had a monster week including a monster two home run game Sunday.  This team's offense has been scary, and they lead the National League in both Runs (82) and Runs allowed (40)

2. Florida (LW --) Week 2 record (7-0)

The mainstream media is quick to point out that the Marlins 11-1 record comes with an asterisk of beating the 6 times, but this team has also swept the Atlanta and lost only once to the .  Next week starts off good for the fish with a series against the buccos, but toughens up quickly with New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

3. San Diego (LW --) Week 2 record (5-2)

When this team swept the Giants last week, I thought that was a nice way to start the season, but reality is to hit them in the face in New York.  I was wrong.  This team has travelled across the country and smacked both the defending champs and the (in many worlds) NL east favorites, the Mets around.  Bullpen is still shaky, but looks like he's the real deal, with a perfect save percentage.

4. St. Louis (LW --) Week 2 record (3-3)

Tony LaRussa fans aren't surprised by their hot start, but as a midwest teams (despite the history) they are often overlooked, as is he.  The patchwork infield, rotation, and just about everything else on this team just seems to work.  continues to absolutely dominate.  The series with the was one to keep an eye on, and we're lucky enough to have the same two go at it next week in the Lou.

5. Chicago Cubs (LW --) Week 2 record (3-2)

' walk-off HR was huge for a team that has achieved essentially what folks expected from them, in a weak division.  Still, they're tied for first with the Cardinals and their schedule is favorable, with series against the Natty and Arizona.  The +10 differential (vs St. Louis +21) is the big reason why they're here.

6. New York Mets (LW --) Week 2 record (3-3 )

The bullpen certainly looks better, but this team really needs some help offensively.  When you've scored exactly 1 more run this season than the lowly Nationals, you have some work to do.  leads this team in batting average, which is not a good sign.  This team will come around, but from the looks of it, Citi field will deflate many of their slugger's numbers.

7. Philadelphia (LW --) Week 2 record (2-3)

Having Harry Kalas pass away gives them a bit of slack, along with facing a hot San Diego team.  With ' walkoff HR, I expect this team to get on a roll and start playing like defending champs.  is going oppo which, to Philles fans, is a sight for sore eyes.

8. Cincinnati (LW --) Week 2 record  (4-2)

Have to love what you've seen from their pitching staff, with good starts from , Edison Volquez, and .  The young hitting nucleus of and will carry them throughout the season.  Underappreciated pickup in , who has produced offensively everywhere he's been.  Would love to see more consistency from this team, but that's to be expected with a young squad.

9. Pittsburgh (LW --) Week 2 record (3-3)

How about them bucs?  Nice to see them looking decent for the time being.  That pitching staff (pinch me if you've heard this for a number of years) looks like it could develop into one of the league's best.  Nearly swept the slumping Braves, but get a real taste of competition when they face our # 2 team and #3 team.

10. Atlanta Braves (LW --) Week 2 record (1-5)

This ranking is more reflective of how poorly they played this week than it is their entire body of work.  A 6-6 record isn't bad in such a tough division, but when being swept by the Marlins and nearly swept by the aforementioned Pirates, they do not get a pass.  This team is filled with talent and this is supposed to be the year they compete again, but their offense must get it going.  The return of should help matters, but I don't expect him to be healthy for long stretches of time.

11. Colorado Rockies (LW --) Week 2 record (1-4)

This team is in need of an identity and some home cooking (and maybe another start).  Every game of theirs was on the road this week, including an embarrassment of a series against the Dodgers.  They will be on the road some more next week with a rematch of the 07 NLCS, and they've fared well against the D'Backs of late.  They have another shot at the Dodgers next week, but this time after spending the night in their own beds.

12. Milwaukee (LW --) Week 2 record (2-4)

Tough week for this team with a trip to New York and a scrappy Reds team that came to Miller Park with something to prove.  The offense is there, but the pitching is suspect at best.  has alternated good starts, but after that the rotation has been dissapointing.  Rumors they might go after will quickly fizzle after this team sinks lower in the central.  Help is on the way, however, with series against Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Houston.

13. Houston (LW --) Week 2 record (3-3)

Much better showing this week than in week 1, a series win over the surprising Pirates.  Somehow Cecil Cooper has earned an extension, but this team seems to be a shell of itself from the dominance in the middle of this decade.  Michael Bourne is a pleasure to watch in center.

14. Arizona (LW --) Week 2 record (2-4)

Only one team has a worse offense than the DBacks, and they just finished beating them 2 of 3 in a series.  This team was nearly no-hit by the 57 year-old .  They strike out way too much and can't deliver any timely hitting so far.  I don't think this team will stay down here for the majority of the season, but when you go to SF and only score 2 runs in 3 games, you have concerns. 

15. San Francisco Giants (LW --) Week 2 record (2-4)

Another year, another miserable Giants offense.  Wholloped in LA including losses of 7-2 and 11-1, they bounced back with stellar performances on the mound against Arizona.  They have an opportunity to avenge two road sweeps when they face the Padres and Dodgers in the next few days.  looks like his mechanics are a back, and that's a great sign for all fans of baseball.

16. Washington Nationals (LW --) Week 2 record (1-4)

Absolutley dreadful.  Manny Acta says he's going to blow up the bullpen and he should before the Nats brass decide to hand him his walking papers.

 


 




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2009 7:04 pm
 

Bud Selig " The real shame on the game"

Selig's shame never ceases to amaze me. Read this...

 

 




Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 11:51 pm
 

Bud Selig " The real shame on the game"

Kudos Starblazer, and very well said. The man is a weasel and will never man up in my opinion. I don't even think it's in his nature, so I hope your not holding your breath. Once again, excellent article bro. 5 stars.




Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 9:27 pm
 

Bud Selig " The real shame on the game"

Great post Star,

Bud Selig has been the worst commish ever in MLB and to say he is not to blame is a joke.  He turned a blind eye as the steroid heads supposedly saved baseball after the strike and this black eye will not go away quickly.  Almost every HOF discussion from here on out will be whether or not to let someone in because of steroids.  Bud would never have even done anything if congress had not gotten involved.  Bud retire, your legacy will be that you are a scam.




Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 6:30 pm
 

Bud Selig " The real shame on the game"

The owners pick the comissioner, and they certainly picked a pushover. Selig has to be the worst commish in MLB history. His legacy will be the steroid era and stopping the all-star game with a tie in the 11th inning.




Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 12:19 pm
 

Bud Selig " The real shame on the game"

I believe that Bud Selig is the worst commissioner in the history of MLB and IMHO all of N.Amercian sports. He is 100% responsible through his complacency and ignorance for the steroid era and the absolute denigration of the 2 hallowed HR records at the hands of cheaters like Bonds. If A-Fraud breaks the record an even bigger and more exposed cheater would hold the mark. He can't feign ignorance. He's the commissioner. If he didn't know, he was more stupid than he looks. I find that next to impossible.
 The even stupider than he looks statement made my Saturday morning. Because it applies to both his comments in the situation, and that  stupid face that he perpetually has on.

There is only one thing worse than a pompous ____ head. Which is a dumb and ignorant pompous ___ head.  His ignorance and disregard for the ramifications of not trying to curtail steroid abuse, has left marks on baseball that can not be undone.

I don't think he has a clue either, I think he genuinely  believes he did a good job, creating stricter regulations after the damage had been done already. He really has his head that far up his own arse. I don't think he is even trying to save face that much, as much as he is definitely a weasel, I think he is a genuine imbecile with an ego problem to boot.

Thank you for writing this. As much as some want to blame players and trainers, Selig is a major player in this and he has the balls to come out making comments about others like an idiot.

 

nj shoreknight Guys like Giamatti and Vincent actually did care about the integrity of the game, which is why Vincent was forced out to make way for Selig in the first place.  Greed is the bottom line again in this whole, sad saga.  If this guy had a conscience, he would resign immediately- heck, he would have stepped aside years ago. Well said the quest for fatter pockets prevailed over integrity here. The golden yrs of baseball are a thing of the past. I wish I was a bit younger so I could have enjoyed a few more yrs of non controversial baseball.




Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2009 10:41 am
 

Bud Selig " The real shame on the game"

Starblazer, I couldn't agree with you more.  I couldn't believe when this weasel was named commissioner in the first place.  I just indicated that all the powers that be in baseball wanted nothing more than a figurehead at the helm.  I won't even name all the idiotic proclamations this guy has made over the years.  Possibly the worst was "this time it counts" the idiocy that the "all-star game" would determine which league gets home field in the World Series.  I have never liked the wild card, although many say it keeps teams competitive and fan interest much deeper into the season.  It's bad enough early April games are snowed out or played in freezing conditions in the Midwest or Northeast, now postseason, and the World Series, can be played in the same conditions.  Just look at the weather in Philly during the Series, and there are at least 7 or 8 teams in cities ranging from slightly to significantly colder than Philadelphia. No games early enough for youngsters to watch, etc. etc. The only real concern was generating additional revenue for the sport.  Of course he and everyone else turned a blind eye to the obvious in the late '90's with the McGwire-Sosa home run chase and the ridiculous numbers being put up by many players.

For him to come out now and say "don't blame me" is typical of this incredible loser.  He is without a doubt the worst commissioner a major sport, professional or college, has ever seen.  Guys like Giamatti and Vincent actually did care about the integrity of the game, which is why Vincent was forced out to make way for Selig in the first place.  Greed is the bottom line again in this whole, sad saga.  If this guy had a conscience, he would resign immediately- heck, he would have stepped aside years ago.  I love baseball almost as much as I love football, but it is getting harder and harder to really care. 

 



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