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Deep Thoughts: All Hail Bud

Sep 24, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

Bud Selig Reuters

I hadn’t thought about it much, but someone on Twitter said it to me this morning and it’s hard to deny it, even if you set aside your pro-baseball prejudices:

Between the hockey lockout, the NFL referee lockout and other drama and the fact that the NBA seems to be turning into some sort of weird league in which there are four or five Harlem Globetrotter teams and the rest are Washington Generals, there is a pretty damn strong argument that Bud Selig is the best commissioner in the major sports.

Sure, we can all sharpshoot problems like the A’s/San Jose thing, TV blackouts and instant replay stuff. But there really isn’t one problem in all of baseballdom right now that goes to the center of the leagues viability, popularity or competitive integrity. And no other sport can say the same.

All hail Bud.

  1. historiophiliac - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Seriously, you think a lockout is worse than the asterisk issue? Bud passes the buck & doesn’t stand up for anything. I think you are confusing cowardice with diplomacy.

  2. brazcubas - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    That actually makes me a little sad . . . Against my better judgement, I may even find myself rooting for Bud in the future

  3. wlschneider09 - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Based on the headline I was hoping for a Jack Handey type analysis of our curmudgeonly comissioner.

  4. mplsjoe - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    May be true, but Bud’s commissioner peers haven’t set the bar very high.

  5. sisqsage - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    By default, he is the best. Right now. Stern used to look like a marketing genius, but has hung around too long. HBT keeps wasting a lot of ether on this San Jose thing. In Budspeak, he has already given you The Answer. You just don’t want to hear it.

  6. aiede - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Yeah, and I had a least-hated of my sister’s unwashed and unemployed stoner boyfriends, too. Didn’t mean he was a positive development in her life.

    • joecool16280 - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      Nice.

  7. flavas - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    This is the dumbest thing I’ve read from Craig in the years I’ve been reading HBT.

    NFL is king–always will be–and nothing the commissioner does with the referees will change that; A mediocre NFL match-up on a Thursday night would blow away World Series game 7…on cable no less. The worst thing Godell can do is give into the ref’s union hereby making the NFL refs as bad (and arrogant) as MLB umpires (which need to be replaced with strikezone behind the plate and instant replay on all calls). The NFL remains principled yet willing to grow with the 21st century.

    And Hockey. Well, its just Hockey; leave it to the Canadians.

    The nostalgic love y’all have for the game of rounders is beyond me. The game needs to grow up; shorten the season, get serious with PED penalties, implement a pitch clock, use instant replay to get the call right, take power away from umpires, and market to fans under the age of 60. But none of that will happen under Bud.

    A ridiculous statement indeed.

    • Steve A - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      Get serious with PED penalties? When will your precious NFL do that? Use instant replay to get the call right, but also take power away from umpires? Who’s running the replay system?

      Principled yet willing to grow with the 21st century? What the heck does that mean? Also, the replacement refs are ruining the viewing experience this year with the mistakes and long delays. The NFL refs will never have the power of the MLB umpires, and Goodell doesn’t need to give in to make that true. The NFL refs actually have accountability. If MLB ever held umpires accountable for poor performance or boorish behavior, the umpiring would improve greatly and the instant replay crowd would be a lot quieter.

  8. lostsok - Sep 25, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    Bud’s legacy is tarnished by letting the PED-use go by for so long, although considering the McGwire/Sosa race turned baseball around after the strike…I can understand why he’s want to turn a blind eye.

    Still…there will be an asterisk for most fans…by HIS name.

    Otherwise, he’s been a solid commissioner. Certainly, right NOW he’s the best by a wide margin. Of course, a rabid monkey with dysentery would be a better commissioner than what the NFL and NBA are putting up with…

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