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09:50 AM ET 01.08 | So, with barely 10 months supposedly left in his commissionership, why hasn't there been a peep about forming a search committee for Bud Selig's successor? Heck, why hasn't there been a single name floated in any media outlet as a likely successor to Selig? Perhaps that's because there isn't a single person in baseball who believes Selig, who turns 78 in July, is going anywhere any time soon -- despite his avowed intention of returning to his alma mater, the U. of Wisconsin, to teach the history of sports

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January 8, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Time for Bud to ride off into the sunset. He's done some things that have improved the game, but his legacy will be the blind eye he turned to PEDs.

January 8, 2012  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Time for Bud to ride off into the sunset. He's done some things that have improved the game, but his legacy will be the blind eye he turned to PEDs.

And Home Field for the All Star game winner. WTF?

January 8, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Time for Bud to ride off into the sunset. He's done some things that have improved the game, but his legacy will be the blind eye he turned to PEDs.

Remember, he was a lackey for the owners to begin with. That is why they made him the commissioner, because they did not want to ever have a commissioner they could not control again.
They will do the same when it comes time to replace him again. The fox has been in the hen house a long time now, and they will never go back to the old days.

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January 8, 2012  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Exactly correct. He is a lapdog for the owners, and the blind eye to steroids was because the game was again making money after the cancelled World Series in the early '90s.In fairness, the game has made some positive changes, but I am not a Selig fan.

I'm not sure if the positive changes were because of him or in spite of him.

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January 8, 2012  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Time for Bud to ride off into the sunset. He's done some things that have improved the game, but his legacy will be the blind eye he turned to PEDs.

True, but in Bud's defense (and I can't believe I'm defending him), but I don't think anybody else in the same position would have done anything differently. Baseball was booming again, and everybody, players and owners were raking in millions.

January 8, 2012  11:26 AM ET

that means,,,, selig will remain as a comissioner for another ten years??

January 8, 2012  11:34 AM ET

Bullet in the chamber...trigger about to be pulled....no wonder Torre quit his job. Thought he was going to be the next commish. Guess he knew something we didn't.

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January 8, 2012  01:03 PM ET

Where to begin on how Selig has ruined Baseball:

1. Looking the other way on PED's and thus creating a suspicion towards every player now who has a great year, and tainting the HR record along with the Hall of Fame voting, as voters have to decide: Do I think he juiced?

2. Interleague Play: Which I have no problem with as the NHL, NBA and NFL, have it, but to never settle the DH issue and force teams to play DIFFERENT rules for 18 games a year is utterly ridiculous.

3. Settling the World Series Home Field Advantage by the All-Star Game: Now granted, the other way was just alternating AL/NL for the World Series, but to have a game where none of the players care count towards someone getting Game 7 at home for the World Series (yeah, I'm talking to you Cardinal fans), could be just as dumb as having the DH in only one league.

4. The Wild Card: Now many fans like it because the way sports are trending, everyone wants every team in the playoffs for some reason. But the great thing about Baseball before the Wildcard days was that THE REGULAR SEASON COUNTED from day 1 to day 162. You couldn't just get hot in the last 3 weeks and win a World Series, you had to play great for a long period of time to win your division. What Mr. Selig and Wildcard Defenders don't understand is that the 162 game schedule was essentially the first round playoff from Apirl to September, and the division winner would go on to the next round: The League Championship Series. Now we will have extra wildcards, the wildcard round, LCS, and World Series, as the playoffs like the other sports will go on an on and the regular season doesn't really matter except making money for the owners.

January 8, 2012  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Exactly correct. He is a lapdog for the owners, and the blind eye to steroids was because the game was again making money after the cancelled World Series in the early '90s.In fairness, the game has made some positive changes, but I am not a Selig fan.

There may not have been a strike or a canceled World Series if the commissioner wasn't a lapdog for the owners.

January 8, 2012  02:34 PM ET

God, Another Bud Light Commercial!!!

January 8, 2012  02:40 PM ET

No more PED talk on Selig. Union fought drug policies for years. He has a history of following the owners but most of his decisions have been in the best interest of ALL teams - with a slant toward helping some of the small markets sans revenue full sharing. This stuff has been around a long time and guys never disclose what they're doing unless they're backed against the wall. Not sure how some managers can tell if a guys using anymore. Typical physical traits of abuse are gone. I've seen this stuff in the gyms since the 70's and almost all sports have some type of PED abuse. The new HGH blood test is going to weed out the remaining abusers and probably will burn some GM's when their long term contract sluggers numbers drop. Unless they get some 30 day notice of a "random" test like the NFL used to have, I think it will drop the power numbers and weed out the talented players from the abusers. While The short term testosterone dosage tests need to be addressed, the sport has changed the drug game and opened everyone's eyes to what's going on.
Hopefully, the other sports will follow.

January 8, 2012  02:41 PM ET

No more PED talk on Selig. Union fought drug policies for years. He has a history of following the owners but most of his decisions have been in the best interest of ALL teams - with a slant toward helping some of the small markets sans revenue full sharing. This stuff has been around a long time and guys never disclose what they're doing unless they're backed against the wall. Not sure how some managers can tell if a guys using anymore. Typical physical traits of abuse are gone. I've seen this stuff in the gyms since the 70's and almost all sports have some type of PED abuse. The new HGH blood test is going to weed out the remaining abusers and probably will burn some GM's when their long term contract sluggers numbers drop. Unless they get some 30 day notice of a "random" test like the NFL used to have, I think it will drop the power numbers and weed out the talented players from the abusers. While The short term testosterone dosage tests need to be addressed, the sport has changed the drug game and opened everyone's eyes to what's going on.
Hopefully, the other sports will follow.

January 8, 2012  03:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Where to begin on how Selig has ruined Baseball: 1. Looking the other way on PED's and thus creating a suspicion towards every player now who has a great year, and tainting the HR record along with the Hall of Fame voting, as voters have to decide: Do I think he juiced?2. Interleague Play: Which I have no problem with as the NHL, NBA and NFL, have it, but to never settle the DH issue and force teams to play DIFFERENT rules for 18 games a year is utterly ridiculous. 3. Settling the World Series Home Field Advantage by the All-Star Game: Now granted, the other way was just alternating AL/NL for the World Series, but to have a game where none of the players care count towards someone getting Game 7 at home for the World Series (yeah, I'm talking to you Cardinal fans), could be just as dumb as having the DH in only one league.4. The Wild Card: Now many fans like it because the way sports are trending, everyone wants every team in the playoffs for some reason. But the great thing about Baseball before the Wildcard days was that THE REGULAR SEASON COUNTED from day 1 to day 162. You couldn't just get hot in the last 3 weeks and win a World Series, you had to play great for a long period of time to win your division. What Mr. Selig and Wildcard Defenders don't understand is that the 162 game schedule was essentially the first round playoff from Apirl to September, and the division winner would go on to the next round: The League Championship Series. Now we will have extra wildcards, the wildcard round, LCS, and World Series, as the playoffs like the other sports will go on an on and the regular season doesn't really matter except making money for the owners.

I agree completely with 1, 2, and 4. Baseball had something unique in their regular season that's gone now, thanks to wild cards and interleague play. Oh well. Maybe the next commissioner won't completely destroy the game.

January 8, 2012  04:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Where to begin on how Selig has ruined Baseball: 1. Looking the other way on PED's and thus creating a suspicion towards every player now who has a great year, and tainting the HR record along with the Hall of Fame voting, as voters have to decide: Do I think he juiced?2. Interleague Play: Which I have no problem with as the NHL, NBA and NFL, have it, but to never settle the DH issue and force teams to play DIFFERENT rules for 18 games a year is utterly ridiculous. 3. Settling the World Series Home Field Advantage by the All-Star Game: Now granted, the other way was just alternating AL/NL for the World Series, but to have a game where none of the players care count towards someone getting Game 7 at home for the World Series (yeah, I'm talking to you Cardinal fans), could be just as dumb as having the DH in only one league.4. The Wild Card: Now many fans like it because the way sports are trending, everyone wants every team in the playoffs for some reason. But the great thing about Baseball before the Wildcard days was that THE REGULAR SEASON COUNTED from day 1 to day 162. You couldn't just get hot in the last 3 weeks and win a World Series, you had to play great for a long period of time to win your division. What Mr. Selig and Wildcard Defenders don't understand is that the 162 game schedule was essentially the first round playoff from Apirl to September, and the division winner would go on to the next round: The League Championship Series. Now we will have extra wildcards, the wildcard round, LCS, and World Series, as the playoffs like the other sports will go on an on and the regular season doesn't really matter except making money for the owners.

Agreed.

#2 and #3 are related. Interleague play has completely devalued the All Star game. MLB now spends most of June in interleague play. So, an All Star game in early July no longer decides which league is better.

More on Point 3. There had been a long erosion of the importance of the ASG, even before interleague play. Despite the ASG's role in determining home advantage in the WS, the leagues are still not playing to win the game. There are too many instances of the best players getting one at bat or playing for an inning. So, home field advantage is now decided by all star subs. And let's not forget those players, elected to the ASG by the fans, who are "injured". Butt Sellout allows them to skip the game but there they are: playing the last game before the ASG and the first game after the ASG. A big f.u. to those fans who voted in MLB's lame election. The last ASG that I watched was 2002, the one that was declared a tie because Torre and Brenly exhausted their bullpens. Play to win? b.s!

January 8, 2012  06:20 PM ET

WORST... COMMISSIONER... EVER.

January 8, 2012  09:34 PM ET

Sour grapes, suckers! Bud's been one of the best commissioners ever.

 
January 8, 2012  10:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm not sure if the positive changes were because of him or in spite of him.

good point! I believe the media put so much heat on the league that he had to act but unfortunately it was too little too late.

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