Friday, January 18, 2008

A Decision Beyond All Reason

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - AP - “Major League Baseball owners gave commissioner Bud Selig a three-year contract extension through 2012 on Thursday, a move made two days after some congressmen were critical of his leadership is responding to the sport's drug problem. Selig, who has been in charge of MLB since 1992, had repeatedly said since December 2006 that he would retire at the end of 2009 and that his mind couldn't be changed. "This is clearly it," he said after the latest extension was approved in a unanimous vote on the final day of a two-day owners' meeting. "I could say this without equivocation."

1. If MLB ever wants to get healthy it needs to institute a procedure whereby someone or some group, other than the owners, determine who will be the Commissioner.
2. Based on Bud Selig’s performance, this is an incredibly sad and pathetic decision.
3. How can Bud Selig have ever said that “his mind couldn’t be changed” when he never appears to actually make up his mind on anything in the first place?
4. Has anyone ever heard Bud Selig say anything “without equivocation?”
5. Apparently the owners want to continue to regard their multi-million investments in MLB as little more than a “tax write-off,” since the earning potential of their teams would be massively enhanced by competent leadership in the commissioner’s office.
6. If it was up to you, who would you like to see as MLB Commissioner? (I’d vote for Bob Costas.)