Every few months or so, a new baseball player is proven to have done steroids at some time during Bud Selig reign as commissioner. Last year it was Boston slugger David Ortiz, now Mark McGuire. I think back to when this all started in the early 90's. Out of nowhere baseball players started looking like football players and the whispers of steroid use were swirling.
And Bug Selig did nothing. If the Roger Godell would have been in this position do think he would have done nothing. Well let’s give Selig a pass on that one as it was only whispers of steroid use.
In the mid to late 90's there was serious talk and even accusations of steroid use. And Bug Selig still did nothing. The job of the commissioner is to protect the integrity of the game. A statement Selig has used often. And when it was in question throughout the 90's, Bud Selig did nothing. Selig is the CEO of baseball. If Microsoft's integrity was in question, do you think Gates would do nothing, or do you think he would take immediate corrective action? Exactly, Selig is not a leader, he is an enabler.
10 years into the possibility of steroid use in baseball and the start of the new decade brought Congress into the mix and they told Selig he had to go do his job, and then he said he would try to do something, and he did little. Random testing was the best he could up with and if a player was caught he would get a 15 day suspension. There was a longer suspension for throwing a spitball. His first action almost 12 years after the thought of steroid use in baseball and this is the best action this inept leader could come up with. I will say that is all Donald Fuhr would allow his puppet to do.
Bud Selig had over a decade to do something to stop steroids in baseball and he talked about it but ultimately he did nothing. Only when forced to do his job did testing become part of baseball and now it seems as though it is the baseball players fault. I don't think they are innocent, and I think all but a handful didn’t use steroids. But I view Selig as a grade school grade teacher who leaves the classroom for an hour and when the class is out of control and the principal has to step in, Selig returns and then blames the students. Saying look at them they are breaking all the rules. Bud Selig was the enabler who created the environment for steroid use and did nothing to stop it, but he seems intent on finding blame for those who were guilty (which is anyone but him). I believe this only covers the tracks of an impotent leader. I would like to hear a story about the few players who didn't use steroids during the Selig era.
I feel this way because I have served in the military as an officer. And all officers know, no matter what happens, whether you knew about it or not, all actions of your subordinates are ultimately the officer’s responsibility. This officer refuses to accept responsibility and is finding blame for anyone but him. I say he is the only one responsible. And that is why this steroid era should be known as "The Selig Era". Do you agree? If so, pass it on.