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Top five things Bud Selig did wrong as MLB commissioner

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A few aspects of his tenure Selig would rather forget
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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 during which he will turn 80 years old 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 has evaluated his legacy in two parts, the first evaluated the top five things Bud Selig did right.  This blog will explore the top five things he did not handle so well.

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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."

10 Responses to Top five things Bud Selig did wrong as MLB commissioner

  • Um, not to pick nits, but the all-time home run champion and the single season home run champion are the same guy (Barry Bonds) and he only admitted to taking steroids “by accident”.

  • David Whitlock

    True, it’s been rephrased, thanks!

  • What about the collusion scandal? Bud and his fellow owners entered into a contract with the players and then immediately went about breaking it.

  • don’t forget about “the godfather” allowing the oakland A’s to hang out there in baseball purgatory for 4 years and counting, waiting for selig’s imaginary “committee” to decide if the A’s can build a desperately needed new ballpark in san jose. i realized that this is a simplified version of the process, but never-the-less, he has not been decisive in any of it, and no movement has been made toward resolution. bud is old and complacent, and should have been removed years ago!

  • Only five things? Hmm…..

  • Selig deliberately allowed players to take PEDs — after his stupidity lost the ’94 World Series, he needed something to bring the fans back; the only way to do that was to break some of the records which had stood since the ’60s and ’70s, and the only way that was going to happen with the current crop of degenerates was if they were juiced like Florida oranges.

    Baseball has been one nonstop fraud since 1995 — and the tip of the pyramid-scam was Bud Selig.

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