Worst commissioner ever

January 27, 2015 // 6 Comments

Craig Calcaterra wasn’t the only scribe to christen Bud Selig as the best commissioner ever, but his tribute stands out for its laughable qualifiers. Now to be clear, Part II: many of those innovations and accomplishments were only made possible by Selig’s own past failures. We would not [...]

The case against the Used Car Salesman

April 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

More proof Bud Selig is the Worst Commissioner in the History of Sports: Almost eight years ago, Bud Selig vowed to do something about the local-television-blackout rules keeping tens of millions of fans from watching his sport. He said he did not understand the reason pockets of America who wanted [...]

Who is Bud Selig’s biggest fluffer?

September 30, 2013 // 5 Comments

It seems most sportswriters have never heard of the McCourts, Jeffrey Loria, the Baseball Network, the ’94 strike, C.B. Bucknor, officially sanctioned 9/11 caps, Spiderman on the bases, contracting the Twins, PED’s … Exhibit 1:  Richard Justice of MLB.com Bud Selig’s legacy [...]

Braves TV deal worse than we thought

November 26, 2012 // 5 Comments

The LA Times reports the Dodgers will receive $240 to $280 million per year for local broadcasting rights. According to DOB, the Braves take in roughly $20-to-$25 million annually from their local TV rights — a deal Jeff Passan calls “the sport’s worst television contract,” [...]

This Bud’s for you, Jeff Schultz

March 1, 2012 // 5 Comments

Bud Selig just announced that all 1-game playoff series games still tied after 10 innings will go to penalty kicks. — Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) March 1, 2012 The AJC’s Jeff Schultz filets the ©Worst Commissioner in the History of Sports: There’s no need to spend time debating [...]

Good for the Braves, bad for the game

March 1, 2012 // 7 Comments

The additional wild card will help the soon-to-be “small market” Braves in the increasingly competitive NL East. But it makes the regular season increasingly meaningless, with one-of-3 teams ultimately making the playoffs. Heckuva job, [...]

Thanks again, Bud

February 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

From Tim Tucker’s review of Liberty’s financials: In a conference call that Liberty executives held with investment analysts Thursday, the Braves were mentioned once. That was in the context of a discussion about taxes. Is there a team in baseball that has benefited from corporate [...]

The DH is coming to the NL

February 1, 2012 // 17 Comments

From the Dept. of Unfortunate Predictions: With next year’s realignment there will be an interleague game every day of the season. Couple that with the advantage AL teams have when doling out big contracts (Pujols, Fielder, et al) and you have two more reasons why the DH should be abolished. [...]

The Used Car Salesman is, surprise, a liar

January 12, 2012 // 4 Comments

After repeatedly insisting this year would be his last, the Used Car Salesman today signed a two-year extension to stay on through 2014. He’ll be making Pujols-like money — $22 million annually along with the use of a private jet. It galls me to read otherwise intelligent baseball minds [...]

Why the McCourt fiasco is good for the Braves

November 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Frank McCourt, awarded the Dodgers by Bud Selig as a favor to Fox and the Red Sox, appears close to an agreement with MLB to sell the team he nearly destroyed. McCourt makes Liberty Media look like the O’Malleys — not that Braves fans don’t deserve better than a disinterested, [...]

Bud’s folly comes a year too late for Braves fans

September 28, 2011 // 8 Comments

By 2013 the Used Car Salesman will have further devalued the regular season by adding a second wild card team in each league. If enacted now what little drama has existed this last week would be wiped out, as the Angels and Giants were eliminated days ago. Bud’s not through destroying the [...]

Bud Selig must be stopped

September 12, 2011 // 1 Comment

If I had dominion over the world’s pigeons I’d send them to Milwaukee to shit on the Used Car Salesman’s statue. My latest harangue against Bud, in which I conclude that he’s an enemy agent sent by the NFL to destroy baseball, can be found at [...]

Rowland’s still in charge

May 21, 2011 // 2 Comments

Rankin’ Rob wonders if the new template (which, as longtime Office readers know, is likely to change) means we’ve been co-opted by MLB. No worries, it’s just a new WordPress template. For you skeptics, I present this repost: Aaron, Yount and the Used Car Salesman? If you happen [...]

‘A vile piece of shit’

April 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Bizz Bissinger unloads on Frank McCourt. Selig is clearly embarrassed by the allegations that have come out in divorce proceedings from his estranged wife Jamie McCourt, which revealed the millions that were reportedly taken from the Dodgers for personal use. In a court filing in 2009, McCourt said [...]

Fox also to blame for Dodgers mess

April 22, 2011 // 3 Comments

Another reason Bud gave the Dodgers to the McCourts? As a favor to Fox, according to Bill Plaschke. Worst commissioner ever. Worst Dodgers owner ever. A club that once employed nine Hall of Famers was being run by an owner whose payroll included his children and a Russian physicist hired to channel [...]
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