Selig Contemplates Punishing A-Rod Retroactively

Far be it from me to actually accuse Bud Selig of doing something wrong, but when I read things like this from ESPN, I start thinking that Bud isn’t the wisest wizard…

Commissioner Bud Selig is considering his options. While Rodriguez can’t be disciplined for testing positive, it’s possible baseball could try to punish him for acknowledging steroid use from 2001-2003.

Selig told USA Today on Wednesday afternoon that he is “just heartsick” about Rodriguez’s admission and would not rule out punishing him or adjusting baseball’s record book. Selig told USA Today he “had put a bulletin out” about the illegality of steroid use in 1997, even though MLB had no drug testing at that time.

“It was against the law, so I would have to think about that,” Selig told USA Today when asked about possible action against Rodriguez. “It’s very hard. I’ve got to think about all that kind of stuff.”

Sure, it was against the law, but until MLB starts suspending players for their DUIs or hitting their wives or other crimes, you can’t just pick and choose which laws are suspension-worthy offenses. But it’s nice that Bud is “heartsick,” not enough to have done anything about the rampant steroids problems in the 90s when he could have avoided incidents like this, but still, it’s good to know he at least has a heart. I always just assumed there was an empty black hole in the middle of his chest.

While I have been incredibly impressed with the manner in which the MLB network has approached the A-Rod news, MLB itself has been woefully inept in handling this situation. Bud Selig has presided over a period of baseball with RAMPANT cheating and did nothing to stop it, while in the process increasing baseball’s revenues and lining his own pockets with an exorbitant salary. Just as A-Rod would never have come forward and admitted his transgressions if the SI story never existed, Bud would happily just ignore everything that happened under his reign with steroids, except Congress and the newspapers love to keep bringing it up. Unfortunately for Bud, now the greatest home run hitter of all-time, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time and the best current player in baseball are all associated with steroids and cheating and all of it happened under his watch. But sure, let’s start punishing players arbitrarily now, particularly for testing positive on a test that was collectively bargained to be non-punitive. Good luck with that.

8 Responses to “Selig Contemplates Punishing A-Rod Retroactively”

  1. 1 shatraw
    February 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    selig is such a dick. i’m really tired of his bullshit. i hate him. he has done SHIT for the fans, everything for the owners. mid-to-large market games are becoming largely unaffordable. but that’s OK, because there’s $$$ to be made and he’s making it. let’s not forget the MLBTv bullshit from the last two years. i can’t wait until they get this crooked, miserly prick out of office and get someone who actually cares about the game and the fans in there. not just another ATM for the fucking owners. business is ruing baseball. and higher education. and healthcare. and everything.

  2. 2 Cary
    February 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Here’s the deal: Manny Ramirez and Albert Pujols.

    They will save baseball. Mark my words.

    Could I want to murder someone more than Selig? Not by much (watch your ass, Dr. Phil).

  3. 3 shatraw
    February 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    pujols, i’m betting, has roided up. which re-begs the question: who are the other 103 people and how was a-rod the only name leaked by the union or whoever? blackmail gone awry? c’est possible!

  4. 4 Mark C
    February 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    The person who should be punished the most is BUD SELIG. He was in charge of the rules and his inaction made steriods legal in MLB. He is the person that the outrage should be directed towards. My anger is towards him the players union and owners. The players job is to find an edge, they are not saints. They are ball players. Lets take all the players that doctored the ball out of the hall then. You play by the unwritten rules meaning if you can get caught you are cheating if you can’t it is another choice. Athletes are competitive by nature and it is the job of the union and the league to protect them from that which when taken to far is dangerous. In my mind all of the sins pre 2004 are on the hands of the MLB office, the union and yes you the press. Why are you so interested now, where were you when it mattered. The press is so hypocritical it is ridiculous and if you had integrity you would take your share of responsibility. It seems that is to much to ask these days. I just want to know all the press that have condemned so vigourisly if they have been 100% honest on their taxes… Always drive 55… Get of your high horse and get real. We begged them to do drugs as we celebrated the home run and the 98 mph fastball. We are all guilty!!!

  5. 5 slingshot
    February 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    This is one reason why some of us dont go to games we dont buy the t-shirts its all a huge money making racket. Show us some real players show us some real men show us a real team and maybe we will think about going to a game.
    No one wants to go to a game and look at a bunch of over weight fans stuff their faces with everthing they can its really disgusting

  6. 6 brcrazy
    February 12, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    A-rod should quit the game. Every time he takes the field, a new generation of players sees it’s okay…even profitable to cheat and lie. The man is a fraud, a cheat and a liar and he still gets to bank tens of millions of dollars AND sleep with Madonna. Who gives a shit about honor, respect or dignity!
    The damage done to MLB because of Selig’s inability to wrap his mind around the concept “zero tolerance” will take generations to repair. It may already be too late.

  7. 7 JoeFairPlay
    February 12, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Amen MarkC! Selig and the greedy owners are the ones truly responsible.
    Mr. Commissioner, would you like to testify before a Federal grand jury
    as to weather you had any knowledge of steroid users in baseball during
    the 1998 thru 2002 seasons?
    And if so what steps you and the owners took to stop said usage? I think not!
    Oh, by the way we are still waiting for the punishments you promised as a result
    of the Mitchell report finding. No comment commish? What a fricken joke you are.

  8. 8 Cary
    February 13, 2009 at 11:43 am

    brcrazy, if arod walks away, then every single player who ever drank, smoked grass, did coke, TOOK SPEED, should all be banned from the Hall of Fame or quit if they’re still playing…

    oh wait.

    that’s almost everyone.

    everyone took speed. EVERYONE. oh, and Ty Cobb kicked the shit out of fans. and Babe Ruth was a known drunk, a public womanizer. and wade boggs played most of his career completely hammered.

    enough with the hypocrisy!

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