Bud Selig Considering Reinstating Pete Rose in MLB?

In the same weekend that Hank Aaron said steroids cheaters belonged in the Hall of Fame so long as their records include asterisks, the former home run king also campaigned for the reinstatement of the hit king, Pete Rose. From USA Today:

“I would certainly like to see him in,” Aaron said. “He belongs in, really. His career is one that he needs to be right here in the middle of all of this.”

“The Pete Rose thing is different than steroids,” Aaron said. “If I had been Pete, I think I would have asked for forgiveness many, many years ago.”

I’ve maintained that the steroids cheaters belong in Cooperstown because they’re a big part of the history of the game, but that they don’t belong in the Hall of Fame because they lack good character and integrity. Pete Rose, who bet on games as a manager, belongs in the same proposed wing as the cheaters. But with the support of Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan, and Frank Robinson, it appears as if Bud Selig is considering lifting the lifetime ban on Pete Rose making him eligible for the Hall by the veteran’s committee. According to the New York Daily News, “Selig’s conditions for any reinstatement would be stiff. Rose likely would need to make another public apology and he would be prohibited from managing.”

I see two solutions to the issue: either Cooperstown needs to get rid of their character and integrity clause from the voting criteria and just judge players based on performance, or the cheaters need a separate, not equal, home. By the way, what’s more perfect for lazy talk show hosts during the slow days of summer than rehashing the Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame argument? Here’s the perfect impetus!

MLB Strikes Out Running Opening Day Opposite National Championship Game

My freaking head was spinning on Monday because there was so much to do. There was the NCAA title game to prepare for, not to mention countless Opening Day games in baseball. ESPN had wall-to-wall coverage, televising a handful of these events. It was quite pleasing to see that many baseball games on TV without even needing the Extra Innings package. Even though this sounds all great and wonderful, there were some issues. Here’s one: the last game of the night on ESPN’s lineup was the A’s and Angels. Being a pretty hard-core Angels fan who watches most of their games, I typically would be stoked for Opening Day. Major problem — the game started at 6pm PT and ran opposite the title game. Even though the championship game was basically over in the first five minutes, it was still pretty difficult to turn off. Additionally, there were no NBA games played on Monday night. Even The Association is wise enough to concede the night to college hoops, realizing the title game grabs the attention of most basketball fans.

Someone please explain to me why MLB just didn’t wait until Tuesday to kick off the season. Do they really like having the first game of the season get pushed to the second page in every local newspaper because of North Carolina? Do they not have more common sense than this? As if scheduling opening day opposite the championship game weren’t enough, MLB leaves you with another list of mind-boggling questions. For instance, what is baseball still doing scheduling games to be played in cities like Boston, Chicago, and Cincinnati at the beginning of April where they get snowed and rained out? Why wouldn’t you have the first two weeks of the season be played either in the South, on the West Coast, or indoors? And while we’re on the subject, the season should start two weeks later than it does and end two weeks earlier. The World Series in November? Are you kidding me? I sure hope Bud Selig is reading this. To think he gets paid multi-millions to make these bonehead decisions. My goodness.

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

****Check out my podcast on KNX 1070 in LA along with reporter John Ramey as we discuss the World Series****

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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