Tag:Bud Selig
Posted on: February 8, 2009 9:57 pm

Make Steroids Legal? Try it MLB

The dust still has not quite settled yet from the Alex Rodriguez fall out over his positive steroid tests in 2003. While baseball fans are deciding whether or not to be surprised by this, Major League Baseball once again has a very hot issue they wish they never had to handle.

Commissioner Bud Selig will not be able to suspend Rodriguez, but his is likely currently in deep debate with the MLB player's union to decide how to handle this issue, and what to do with the other 103 names who tested positive.

In the end, it is likely that most of the names that fans care about will be leaked, sooner rather than later. Selig and MLB will be forced once again to merely pick up the pieces, sweep up the dust, and try to move on as though nothing happened.

So, since we are crunching as close to rock-bottom as possible, why not try this out:

Lift the ban off performance-enhancing drugs.

Yes, that's right, I said it.

Legalize it.

Selig, despite what his $17.5 million salary might indicate, is not exempt from the economy's downturn. Fewer and fewer fans are purchasing seats, jerseys, and, incredible to fathom though it may be, beautifully hand-crafted Bobble-head dolls (gasp!).

In 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa almost literally held the defibrilaters to baseball and shocked new life into the game. New fans were introduced to the game, and old fans were brought back. It was a glorious time.

Until it became too good. With the "end" of the steroids era came a decrease in the number of 50+ home run seasons and 20 game winners. The fringe fans (we call them "Pink Hat Fans" in Boston) lost interest.

Baseball lost revenue.

So, Mr. Selig, why not lift the ban on PEDs? What do you have to loose? You will now have an easy way to dismiss why the best players under your reign as commissioner were all cheaters and give the fans what they want to see: longer home runs, faster pitches, and a widening of the gap that separates great players from mediocre players.

The players will bring in the guinea pigs, and you will bring in the money. After all, that's what professional sports is all about, right?

Posted on: March 25, 2008 4:50 pm

Sox Japan Schedule Makes You Scratch Your Head

As everyone on both sides of the Pacific Ocean knows, the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics are playing a two game series in the middle Major League Baseball's most recent escapade into the other parts of the world who are baseball-crazy. Commissioner Bud Selig as well as the owners of all 32 teams are licking their lips at the prospect of sending the most dominant team of the decade overseas to strut their stuff for the people of Japan, who they view as no more than a collective, burgeoning representatives of an economy where the sky's the limit.

Because baseball does not have a salary cap, we rarely hear about the "business" end of things the way we do about other sports, particularly the NFL, where teams can, and do, cut players who are not proving their worth. But this entire week, we have seen in great clarity, the business side of baseball, where as long as fans are buying jerseys and hot dogs, the number of wins rarely matters except in appearance only. It so happens that, for most baseball markets, the number of wins over the short term directly correlates to the number of foam fingers and plastic helmets that faceless fans shell out immensely too much money for.

The fact is that, and I am not crying about my favorite team being taken advantage of, but these two teams are going to need a long time to recover from the traveling. The Red Sox's ultimate road trip is going to cover three, yes three, countries! The players seem all for the trip, but ask them off-camera and see how many of them, besides Hideki Okajima and Dice-K, about how much they want to travel more than 10,000 miles in two weeks. And even though the coaches got the extra money, what is $50,000 to Manny Ramirez and J.D. Drew. As Manny said to the $10,000 that he earned from being player of the game of the first game, "That will be gas money." The players are being forced to go along with something that is going to do nothing but line the pockets of the already wealthy owners who control the best teams, while the small-market teams have nothing to offer, and will get nothing to gain.
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