Ken Rosenthal of the Sporting news has a piece on why Selig should resign. Ken's probably the first and only baseball columnist of a media outlet to publically call for Selig's ouster. Others have tip-toed around the issue and have made blanket statements in the name of total reform.
We applaud Ken for his efforts.
- Bud Selig is the guy who went to Capitol Hill and lied to a Congressional Committee.
- This is the guy who tried to contract two teams and didn't think there would be much of a fight.
- This is the guy who had MLB buy a struggling franchise and let the corrupt owner leave with the front office, the computers, the coaching staff and then set out to ruin another franchise.
- This is the guy who let a group lowball a $750 million deal and then reaped the benefits of MLB's influence with two franchises to get an underhanded deal for a player before the trading deadline.
- This is the guy who has the balls to call an All Star game a tie and got booed in his own stadium.
- This is the guy who borrowed money from another owner and tried to repay him by having his team bought out at three times its value.
- This is the guy who owns a baseball team that is so bad it makes expansion look like an alternative rather than contraction.
- This is the guy whose bright idea was to have all the owners agree to a pact of collusion to drive player salaries down-then when it backfired, and the owners were sued in Federal court for $400 million, he got two franchise teams to open up for $250 million a piece.
- This is the guy who made up a formula that exempt his Brewers from a subjective quota of debt/value in order to contract as many teams as he sees fit.
- This is the guy who lies so much that his own employees have to make public statements all but calling him a functional mental patient.
- Who can argue with that haircut?
What a great commissioner we would lose.