“It’s basically become Bud Selig‘s mafia. He runs it the way he wants to run it.”
That was the response Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave on the Jay Leno Show back on August 9th.
At first I thought Cuban’s point might have been personal because of MLB rejected his attempts to buy the Cubs and the Rangers.
But my sentiments have changed after learning that Selig handed Ryan Dempster a 5-game suspension with a $2500 fine for intentionally throwing at A-Rod in last Sunday night’s game between the Red Sox and Yankees.
Dempster will not even miss a start for the Red Sox, which is a total joke.
Selig basically is saying that is unacceptable behavior, and then turning around and winking at Dempster.
Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who couldn’t retaliate for his teammate due to the umpire warning the benches after the fact, told USA Today’s Chad Jennings, “I thought he at least should miss a start and he’s not going to do that. I don’t think it does anything.”
Sabathia went on to say, “It’s definitely a different scenario. And even with the unwritten code, you don’t throw at a guy four times. He violated every code in every way. … I’m sure if it happens again that hopefully somebody will see that this isn’t enough, and that guys need to be suspended longer.”
Do you think Selig made it clear that intentionally hitting Rodriguez was unacceptable to the rest of baseball?
Dempster said the hit-by-pitch was completely unintentional and that he wasn’t trying to hit A-Rod.
So it would seem that what Dempster constitutes as intentional is no different whether determining someone taking performance-enhancing drugs is intentional.
Anyone watching the game, or saw the highlights on Sports Center knows Dempster was a mission to hit A-Rod.
So anyone who says this was a case of Selig suspending a pitcher for nothing more than a wild pitch is either a Red Sox fan or an idiot.
Back in April, Selig suspended Indians Carlos Carrasco eight games for hitting Kevin Youkilis with on one pitch. The home plate umpire also immediately ejected Carrasco, who apologized and claims it was totally unintentional.
This further proves that Cuban was so right about how MLB is run. Next time I will not be so quick to chalk up Cuban’s reasoning to being personal, as he is not so vain.
Selig is probably thrilled that his plan to make A-Rod his PED villain is increasing within the game so quickly.
It is no secret that Selig wants A-Rod out of the game, and the suspension proves just that.
Selig had no choice but to punish Dempster because it would look bad.
But he did it just enough to leave the door cracked open for others to take target practice on A-Rod for the rest of the season.
Right now the Yankees are gelling, as the team won again last night 4-2 against the Blue Jays.
Slowly but surely the Bronx Bombers are gaining winning eight of their last 10 games, and now sitting just four games back in the AL Wild Card.
Can you imagine if Selig had to present the Yankees with their 28th World Series Championship, and A-Rod with the WS MVP Award?