Bud Selig Made Over $18 Million in ’07, 5th Highest Paid in Baseball

Try not to spit up on the monitor or gag while you digest the news that baseball commissioner Bud Selig made just over $18 million in 2007 according to the Sports Business Journal. Think about that disgusting number and consider that only four effing players pulled more cash that season than Buddy Boy. Yes, Selig out-earned everyone in the game save Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens, and Jason Giambi (all Yankees, of course). Only seven players will make more than that figure in this upcoming season, but it’s conceivable that Selig’s salary increased since then. How sickening is that?

For this guy to tell us that “This Time it Counts” he’s getting paid over $18mil? For him to allow All-Star games to end in ties and the same World Series game to be played on two separate days he’s getting that obscene salary? To show you how disjointed things are, Selig almost doubles the next highest earning commissioners — Roger Goodell and David Stern — even though Goodell’s sport earns more revenue and Stern’s is arguably as popular. And I shouldn’t even have to be defending guys making 8-figure salaries. But you want to know the worst part about Bud cashing in on over $18 mil? No doubt it’s this. That guy makes a million less and it’s ten 100k jobs or twenty 50k jobs for employees that wouldn’t have to be fired. Makes you think of all the bonus-babies on Wall Street with their golden parachutes. Yuck.

Fay Vincent Rips Bud Selig for Handling of Game 5 Rain Delay, Barry Bonds

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I’ve already said that there was no clear solution for the problem the rain presented in Game 5 of the World Series. While I agree that suspending the game was the right thing to do, I believe Bud Selig is lying when he says he was planning to suspend the game all along and that he wouldn’t let the game end without all nine innings being played. If that were the case, then why didn’t he stop the game half an hour earlier when conditions were out of hand on the field? One person who believes Selig has bungled matters is none other than former commissioner of MLB, Fay Vincent. As a guest on The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio, Vincent said that one of Bud Selig’s strengths is the way he handles the owners on issues behind the scenes. However, Vincent said exactly what many fans have learned: Selig doesn’t handle on-the-spot moments very well. As he said on the show:

“I agree with those who say that [playing in those conditions] was just too dangerous. It wasn’t baseball that was being played, and for my money it would have been better to have canceled it long ahead of time and come back and play a full nine inning game in better weather. … They weren’t really playing baseball [Monday] night in that weather and I don’t think anybody was getting anything out of it. I think it was unfortunately it was an attempt to get the game in for a variety of reasons — all of which are economic — one regrets that because baseball deserves better.”

It’s much easier to say that when you’re out of the spotlight and don’t have to answer to all the TV execs from FOX and all the advertisers that had millions of dollars on the line, but no doubt Fay Vincent speaks the truth with his statement. Vincent made it a point to say that Selig also screwed up the All-Star Game when it ended in a tie, saying he would have come up with some sort of solution on the spot to determine a winner. Then when he was asked about the way Selig handled the celebration of Barry Bonds becoming the home run king in baseball, Vincent was incredulous at how ambivalent Selig was:

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