This Bud’s for you, Jeff Schultz

The AJC’s Jeff Schultz filets the ©Worst Commissioner in the History of Sports:

There’s no need to spend time debating whether Bud Selig is making a good decision any more. It’s more about ranking his degree of nonsensicalness.

Is it worse than leading torch-carrying villagers against former commissioner Fay Vincent (and then taking his job, of course), but probably not as bad as inexplicably preventing the New York Mets from wearing FDNY and NYPD hats on the 10th anniversary of 9/11?

Is it worse than doing nothing about performance-enhancing drug use in baseball until getting humiliated before Congress, but maybe not as lame as deciding that home-field advantage in the most important game of the season (World Series, Game 7) would be determined by the winner of a meaningless exhibition (the All-Star game)? …

Selig recently signed another two-year extension as commissioner. He makes $22 million a year and has a private jet at his disposal. Much of his income comes indirectly from TV executives, who will love the drama of a sudden-death format. In the end, it’s about money, not about what makes sense.

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5 thoughts on “This Bud’s for you, Jeff Schultz

  1. That tweet is funny.

    i know Bud is public enemy #1 here but I would classify Ueberroth and Kuhn as worse. This is sort of like deciding which Stooge was stupider but it’s still possible to quantify.

  2. Kuhn and Ueberroth did less lasting damage to the game than the used car salesman. That said, a one game play-in for the wild card will be compelling baseball.

  3. Only when the Yankees have failed to make the post-season for three (3) consecutive years will the northeast media take up the drumbeat and, suddenly, realize that Bud Selig is bad for the game.

  4. Also – Kuhn was a rather inflexible nimrod caught in an era he didn’t understand, but he loved the game and did not consider it just a way to hustle. Selig is rather like PT Barnum’s bastard grandchild.

  5. I agree with Marvin Miller and see Ueberroth’s “brain”child collusion as being every bit as bad as the Black Sox scandal.

    As for Kuhn, the torpor he inflicted on the game (with diminishing success as the years wore on) helped it lose ground to the NFL.

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