Worst commissioner ever

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 think much of labor peace — nor…

The case against the Used Car Salesman

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 to see ballgames on TV…

2 Live Crew frontman smarter than Mike Lupicas of the world

It says something that Luke Skywalker has a better read on Bud than the Lupicas and Reillys of the world. To be fair, I view  the Used Car Salesman as stat geeks view Michael Young, though Young’s resume is defensible. Bud’s is not.

Who is Bud Selig’s biggest fluffer?

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 is about as uncomplicated as it gets. He’s the best Commissioner baseball has…

The Worst Commissioner in the History of Sports adds to his resume

C.B. Bucknor’s amateurish grandstanding is but another sorry legacy of the Used Car Salesman‘s stewardship. There is still zero accountability for umpires, whose performance has gone appreciably worse over the last 20 years. Then there’s the money grubbing. Bud prevented the Nats from wearing Navy caps to honor the victims of the shootings at the…

More people watched the Fish in person Wednesday than on TV

Just a reminder: Jeffrey Loria wouldn’t be owning the Marlins if not for the Worst Commissioner in the History of Sports. In other words, as the Herald reported, 0.8 percent of all TV households in Miami-Dade County and Broward County were watching the Marlins get shutout by the Atlanta Braves. Nielsen, which handles television ratings,…

Braves TV deal worse than we thought

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,” negotiated as “a term of its sale” from Time Warner…

The Used Car Salesman shirks culpability in selling Miami $645 million lemon

Jeffrey Loria is a worthy villain, no doubt, but the 145 remaining Marlins fans should direct their venom towards Bud Selig. Unfortunately, the media continues  to give the commissioner a pass; instead, they laud Selig’s stewardship. George F. Will doing his best Dick Morris, actually wrote this three years ago; (S)erious baseball fans argue about everything–the best…

This Bud’s for you, Jeff Schultz

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 whether Bud Selig is making a good decision…

Good for the Braves, bad for the game

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, Buddy!

Thanks again, Bud

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 ownership? The Cubs (Tribune), the Angels (Disney) and the Dodgers…

The DH is coming to the NL

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. But the players union will…

The Used Car Salesman is, surprise, a liar

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 laud the commissioner. To them I…

Why the McCourt fiasco is good for the Braves

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, out-of-state  conglomerate. And thanks to…

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

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 game yet.

Bud Selig must be stopped

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 ATLmalcontent.

Now I hate the Giants

This is the worst idea since Bud’s proposal to adorn the bases with the Spider Man logo. Don’t even think about it, Braves management.

Rowland’s still in charge

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 to know a pigeon with the runs point…

‘A vile piece of shit’

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 his liquid assets were less than $1.2…

Fox also to blame for Dodgers mess

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 positive energy. The…