Yesterday, New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez got suspended 162 games, which means he is out for the entire 2014 season.
If you were unaware, MLB’s key witness and Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch will be on 60 Minutes tonight at 7pm to discuss everything.
My question is that why isn’t Selig getting interviewed at all?
The commissioner has far from acted appropriately during his tender about PEDs, and it is unfair that he doesn’t have to own up to it.
There is an article by Jonathan Weiler from the Huffington Post called After A-Rod Ban, Time to Talk More Seriously About Commissioner Selig’s Own Tarnished Legacy, that I think everyone should read.
Trust me this is information all baseball fans should want to know before they go running around praising Selig for nailing A-Rod.
Bud Selig and his supporters have issued two principle defenses. Neither one stands up to scrutiny.
The first is that he didn’t understand what was happening when it was happening.
Selig as, on many occasions, issued varying degrees of denial about what he did or didn’t know during the heart of the homerun derby era of baseball beginning in the mid-1990s.
A few years ago, Dave Zirin quoted former Cleveland Indians’ trainer Brent Starr:
“Here’s the thing that really bothers me,” Starr said in 2007. “They sit there, meaning the commissioners office, Bud Selig and that group… They sit there and say, ‘Well, now that we know that this happened were going to do something about it.’ I have notes from the Winter Meetings where the owners group and the players association sat in meetings with the team physicians and team trainers. I was there. And team physicians stood up and said, ‘Look, we need to do something about this. We’ve got a problem here if we don’t do something about it. That was in 1988.” (My emphasis.)
Starr’s comments make a mockery of the comments in 2005 that Selig made to Gorden Edes, then of the Boston Globe:
”Billy Beane said it best to me,” said Selig, who saw the Athletics general manager the day after testifying before a Congressional panel in March. ”He said, ‘I played here, I scouted here, I was an assistant general manager, I never saw any of it [steroid use].’ I got that from every camp.
”So this idea that this (sic) sanctimonious, ‘Well, he should have known and they should have known,’ well OK, maybe that’s so. Then that means you guys [media] should have known. But there was only a sum total of 11 articles from 1987 to ’98 or ’99 that even mentioned it. I’m not being critical of you guys. I was there with you.”
“We all know there’s steroid use, and it’s definitely become more prevalent,” Padres General Manager Randy Smith said. “The ballplayers all know the dangers of it. We preach it every year.”
Selig also told Nightengale at the time:
“If baseball has a problem,” Selig says, “I must say candidly that we were not aware of it. It certainly hasn’t been talked about much. But should we concern ourselves as an industry? I don’t know, maybe it’s time to bring it up again.”
An FBI agent warned MLB’s chief of security Kevin Hallinan, in 1994, that the bureau was pursuing numerous investigations into illegal sales of steroids involving major league players. In 2005, when that report surfaced publicly, MLB denied that Hallinan ever knew the FBI agent who made the claim, Greg Stejskal. Then it was forced to backtrack, admitting that Stejksal might have contacted them.
As far back as 1988, long-time Washington Post writer Tom Boswell started warning about the prevalence of steroids in baseball and described Jose Canseco at the time as a “conspicuous” user. Boston Red Sox fans apparently serenaded Canseco that October with chants of “ster-oids, ster-oids.”
So, depending on when you ask him, Bud Selig says he didn’t know about the problem in 1995 or 1998 or whenever, even though Tom Boswell, Boston Red Sox fans, numerous GMs, trainers, FBI investigators and others apparently did prior to that time.
There is simply no way that the man presiding over a multibillion dollar business whose public image is absolutely central to the well-being of that business would not have the means at his disposal to acquire detailed information about a rampant and potentially very damaging practice in his sport.
Click on…After A-Rod Ban, Time to Talk More Seriously About Commissioner Selig’s Own Tarnished Legacy to real the entire article.
It made me realize how dirty MLB has behaved regarding PED usage because no CEO of a Forbes 500 company could be this stupid and survive as long as Selig has running the corporation of baseball.
Also, I would like to know how much money CBS forked over to get the Tony Bosch to interview with 60 minutes because this guy doesn’t work for free.
More to come……