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HBT Daily: Selig one of best MLB commissioners ever?

Jun 7, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

Calcaterra is on vacation, but before leaving he recorded this video answering Twitter questions about the latest PED investigation, whether suspended players can have their contracts voided, and rating commissioner Bud Selig throughout his years at the MLB front.


  1. largebill - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I’m not normally one to bash Selig on every little thing he does and I think in the long run he has done more good than harm. However, listening to him do the draft yesterday I was left wondering if English was a new language to him. Guy mispronounced nearly every other word.

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Hooray! More PED talk! Now I have a valid reason to start drinking this time of day.

  3. jwbiii - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Darn. I was hoping that he was going to a live remote at the Addison el stop.

  4. waiverclaim - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    He’s the best at:

    1) Not figuring out how the A’s can’t move to San Jose, which is further away from their crosstown rival Giants, because the Giants “own” territory they did not pay for that the A’s gave them in 1993.

    2) Ignoring steroids when he needed to increase attendance, then not ignoring steroids when attendance was good.

    3) Completely destroying what was left of the integrity of the schedule, unbalancing it so some teams get to feast on bad teams for most of their schedule, and get to avoid good teams. Those teams make the playoffs based off schedule and not talent, therefore they are not actually worthy playoff teams.

    4) Not communication

    5) Not respecting the history of the game

    • yahmule - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Not giving enough of a shit to pronounce the last name of Troy Glaus correctly when he handed him his World Series MVP Trophy.

  5. Bob - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Selig has been great at making owners money. That’s all he’s done. If I was an owner, I’d probably think he was the greatest of all time. But I’m a fan, and I think he’s an embarrassment to baseball. The man can’t speak — he’s a PR nightmare. Baseball continues to be reactive rather than proactive to almost every crisis that comes up. And he moved my team to the AL against the predominant wishes of the fanbase.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Oh come on. Given his incisive handling of every issue in the timeliest fashion, I would definitely rank him in my top 10 MLB commissioners ever. Just curious, how many have there been?

    • Kevin S. - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      I think Selig has done more than just make owners money – the rapid growth in revenues made the players a ton of money too, and not wanting to kill the golden goose is what most likely brought baseball out of thirty years of labor strife, even while all the other sports couldn’t figure out reasonable ways to split up billions in revenue annually. Interleague play was never the special occasion Selig made it out to be, but it was a nice touch, and while I dislike the second wild card, going to four playoff teams per league was a solid addition. Attendance and viewership have increased dramatically, and while people might cynically fold that into Selig just making his bosses tons of money, they’re making tons of money because of how incredibly popular the game is. People complain about ignoring steroids in the 90s, but that pales in comparison to the colossal fuck-ups of Landis (two decades of segregation), Ueberroth (collusion) and Kuhn (everything). I’m actually having a hard time thinking of a commissioner who did a markedly better job than Bud Light.

    • dw3dw - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      This is exactly right. Selig’s sole interest has been to enrich the owners, occasionally at the expense of the game, and he seems unmotivated to take on baseball’s problems if there is no way that a solution would enhance the bottom line. I think it is fair to argue that a commissioner should take the larger view and look to protect the integrity of the game, even if it conflicts with the owners’ profits, but Selig has never done that. Baseball has thrived not because of Selig but in spite of him. He could be putting his energy into solving stadium issues (Oakland and Tampa) or even something like getting rid of the uneven schedule. But he is not so much a leader as a puppet for the other owners.

  6. hojo20 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Selig is the best at polluting the game with Interleague Play.

  7. thebadguyswon - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    He was horrible.

  8. jackrabbit56 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    World Series cancelled 1994. All Star Game played to 7-7 tie 2002. ‘Nuff said.

    • tuberippin - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      I’d like to add “Home field advantage in the World Series assigned to the league that wins the All-Star Game” to that list.

      Selig is foolish.

  9. Jackson Scofield - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Hating on Selig is just dumb, he’s been great for baseball economically and in my opinion has made the game itself better. It is about time we stopped clinging on to every old thing just because of the tradition and history of the game and started being more proactive. Instant replay, good, Interleague, good, Balanced divisions, good, etc. But if we reallt want to save the history and tradition of the game, why not go back to when overhand pitches were illegal, it took 9 or more balls for a walk, a ball could be played on one bounce and count as an out, and a batter could pick if the pitcher was to throw him a high or low ball, and no over-running of 1st base. Maybe even go back to the Massachusetts game that lost out to the New York version.

  10. chill1184 - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Despite the good that Selig may or may not have been responsible for, these are this low marks

    1. Baseball Players Strike of 1994

    2. Destruction of the Montreal Expos

    2a. Letting the same man who destroyed the Expos own another team

    3. The attempt/threat at/of contracting the Minnesota Twins in 2002

    4. The failure of vetting of Frank McCourt who basically used the LA Dodgers as a personal ATM for him and his now ex-wife.

    5. Allowing an owner who gets caught in the biggest financial scam since the Enron scam to continue to own a team in one of the biggest media markets in the country. Not only allowing him to continue to own a team but giving the man loans from the league to keep afloat.

    6. The latent hypocrisy and cronyism of the Selig regime of kicking McCourt to the curb but allowing Fred Wilpon and Jeff Loria (among other bad owners) destroy their respective teams because Wilpon and Loria are good little minions of Selig while McCourt’s relationship with Selig was negative at the very least.

    7. Ignoring the use of PEDs in the steroid era but now that the end of his reign is near is trying to get one last hurrah, not for the good of the game but for his own ego.

  11. stratomaticfan - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    worst commissioner. ruined all star game. ignored PED use when it happened. pushed interleague play when only 5 or six real rivalries. put odd number of teams in each league. watered down playoffs. keeping meaningful replay out of the game. Should I go on??? awful

    • tuberippin - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      Definitely not the worst in baseball’s history. He’s up there, but it’s hard to argue against Kenesaw Mountain Landis. The man was a judge, yet was so adamant about his racism that he perpetuated the baseball color line for at least two decades beyond when it should have been in place. Granted, many others were against having an integrated MLB, but Landis was the figurehead and was at least partly responsible for the delay of integration until 1947.

      I’d say Bud Selig’s closest comparison to prior commissioners of baseball would be Peter Ueberroth or perhaps Bowie Kuhn. Did some positive things, but also did a lot of negative things over his tenure that tarnish his legacy. (and for the record I do not like Bud Selig and have long been waiting for him to leave in favor of a new commish)

  12. jfk69 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    chill1184 summed it up pretty well. However Buddy the clown plays the stupid card better than most. The main reason all the other ego maniacal owners of baseball teams would elect a fellow clown to lead them.
    First order of business…Do no harm to another owner. All others be damned

  13. yahmule - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Kind of remarkable how people stand and cheer as this unscrupulous old lap dog dedicated himself to nothing except the further enrichment of his masters. Many of the same people who rushed to give that bastard Art Modell a shine job after he died.

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