It is time for Bud Selig to retire as Baseball Commissioner. We need a fresh face to restart baseball on a new slate - an honest individual who is above reproach and brings no baggage to the position, and no controversial ties or conflicts of interest. Bud is just too caught up and tainted with all that has plagued MLB for the past decade.
Controversy, inaction, indecision, conflicts of interest, strikes, scandals, missteps before Congress, and bloated compensation, are the hallmarks of Bud Selig's rocky tenure as Commissioner of Major League Baseball. We need a face lift to save the game from itself.
Now we hear that Bud wants to punish just one of the 104 people that tested positive in 2003 - namely Alex Rodriquez. If Selig punishes A Rod. He will once again throw MLB into a scandal and a fight with players and the Union, just when the game cannot afford to do it. He will have a mountain of a lawsuit from the Players Association on his hands --- and a personal lawsuit for defamation of character by A Rod for MLB allowing the test results to be kept. Selig is in "cover your arse" mode, and it is pathetic. Selig is part of the problem and he should be fired. I do not like what A Rod did, but MLB has NO grounds on which to punish A Rod and not the other 103 people on the list. Air Bud Selig must be feeling the heat ---- and he has nowhere to go. The only way out of this mess, which allows MLB to announce all the offenders, and to declare amnesty, is to remove Bud from Office.
For those that do not remember, this is the press announcement made when MLB announced preliminary drug testing in 2003:
"August 30, 2002: MLB and the union unveil Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as an addendum to the new Basic Agreement, which is bargained at the 11th hour just as the players are about to go out on strike. The new policy calls for "Survey Testing" in 2003 to gauge the use of steroids among players on the 40-man rosters of each club. The tests will be anonymous and no one will be punished."
Sorry Bud, don't try to rewrite history - just retire from MLB.
It gets worse for Bud as he digs himself into an even deeper hole. It was reported today that Selig is mulling action on A-Rod's HR mark. Well Bud, be sure you do the following when you do that to a Rod:
1 Take 3 Cy Young awards away from Clemens
2 Take the single season and career homerun stats away from Bonds and Maguire
3 Strip the Yankees of 3 Division titles and 2 World Series.
4 Take 1 World Series away from the Cardinals
I am sure there are more team and individual awards that need to be taken away if Selig is allowed to open up this can of worms on baseball. Baseball is in a fix (no pun intended); and Selig is feeling heat and seeking any window to jump through and escape. The only answer is a clean sweep of the regime that got us into this mess to begin with - and that clean sweep starts with Bud Selig stepping down as Commissioner of baseball ---FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME