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Top five things Bud Selig did right as MLB commissioner

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A rare smile from the retiring commissioner
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Bud Selig, just like any commissioner in one of the four major North American professional sports leagues, has been a lightning rod for criticism during his 17-year tenure at the helm of Major League Baseball.  He was acting commissioner for 6 years before that, beginning in 1992, giving him two decades of leadership.   He plans to retire after the 2014 season, and while there is rampant speculation on who might replace him, there is no question that the game of baseball is in a lot different place than it was when he began his leadership.  Our blog will break down his legacy in two parts, both the things Selig did right, and the things he did wrong.  This blog, we focus on five things that are better today than they were when he took over.

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

13 Responses to Top five things Bud Selig did right as MLB commissioner

  • His best work was retiring. He’s a scumbag.

  • ….what the gentleman didn’t do, was the easiest thing that he could have done. And that was to bring Pete Rose in the HOF. Why didn’t he? I guess it had to be a personal vendetta, why else?
    At one time, one of the fertile sources for comic material for comedians in the world of show business was “the Car Salesman”. They were either too dumb or too dishonest (cagey, you say) not to be a “barrel of laughs”. They made a lot of “shady” deals, didn’t they?
    Oh, by the way, wasn’t that Selig’s occupation? Car Salesman, that was how Selig built his fortune (good for him). So why can’t he (too late now) exonerate Rose.
    Football Commissioner Rozelle fore gave Green Bay’s MVP, Paul Harnung, who was caught illegally betting and exonerated him and others, that same year…..GJS

  • David Whitlock

    Hmmm, could he give a pardon on his way out? I guess it was Giamatti that originally suspended, then when he died, Vincent didn’t want to contradict. But I don’t see Selig as a sympathizer. But I don’t think it was personal. Shoeless Joe Jackson waits in the same line.

  • Elite players considering the WBC a must play?
    I don’t see that happening. The tournament is not even real baseball, what with all the non sense rules and the limitations caused by MLB itself.

  • Besides that, it took MLB some time to realize there was no Rangers-Astros interleague series. Had that happened in Chicago or NY everyone woulda screamed bloody murder.

  • You can stuff interleague play!!!

  • I’m not a fan of the WBC and personally find watching Single A San Jose Giants more compelling; however, I HATE inter league play even though my two favorite teams play across San Francisco Bay from each other.

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