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Selig Legacy A Mixed Bag

by Tom King

Bud Selig will always be known in the Badger State as the man who brought baseball back to Wisconsin. That alone will mean his legacy here will be a bit different than it is in other parts of the country. It should also be noted the the most embarrassing thing  during his tenure happened here as well. I was covering the 2002 MLB All-Star game at Miller Park when both teams ran out of pitchers in the 11th inning and the commish threw up his hands and declared the game a tie. In a stunning overreaction to that event he pushed to make the game more meaningful by having the winning league get home field advantage in the World Series...which led to all kinds of comical scenarios.

He became "interim" commissioner in 1992 and since he came from the owners ranks it was no surprise that many of his edicts helped the owners. The low point of his tenure had to be 1994 when he cancelled the World Series....or maybe it was the ignoring of the PED crisis for years while Sosa, McGwire and the rest of the steroid boys brought MLB back from that work stoppage.
The Steroid era will hang over Selig's head like the Sword Of Damocles and although everyone involved in the game including the players union, the media and the owners should share the shame and the blame it's the commissioner that supposedly has the power to fix anything using his"in the best interest of the game" decree. 

There are positives of course. you cant be in office for 20 years without having something good happen. New teams in Arizona & Tampa...20 new stadiums were built although the debacle in Oakland continues to smell(literally) How can we have a major league team with raw sewage leaking into the dugout and clubhouse? The A's would like to build a new stadium in San Jose...the Giants hold rights to that area. That can be changed with a 3/4 vote of the owners...Selig has never called for that vote. Here's hoping that the commish will order the Giants to relent and let the A's move before he leaves office.

Other positives include lucrative new TV contracts, the World Baseball Classic(although I may be the only one who likes it) and Instant relay (although its taken way to long to get in fully in use).

There is no question that Bud Selig loves baseball. Here's hoping that he can enjoy it more after retirement. And here's hoping a new commish will not be a lap-dog for the owners and be able to change the things that need changing.

Looking forward to the Badger-Ohio State game Saturday night. A true test for both teams.

Another test for both teams in high school football tonight as DC Everest hosts Wausau East at Steihm Stadium. Both teams have had problems stopping the opponent...could be a shootout tonight.

The new tv season is upon us and along with returning favorites like "Person On Interest:, Elementary, Boardwalk Empire and Homeland(starts this Sunday) I'm checking out a few new ones...Sleepy Hollow is outraegous fun...The Blacklist features the always stellar James Spader and The Agents of SHIELD promises to be a fun little ride.

I'm also currently reading a couple of good books. "The Confessions of Al Capone" is a fictional look at the last days of the mobster from Loren Estleman. Estelman can move from hard-boiled noir to westerns and back again with ease. He's one of my favorite writers and this is a good one. Also reading Graham Nash's auto-biography "Wild Tales-a Rock & Roll Life." an excellent look at the 60's and 70's from one of the great singers of the era.

Songs of the Day (from my I-pod) here's a couple of Graham Nash classics

Wild Tales-Graham Nash (1973) title track from his second solo album...the album is loaded with all of his famous friends contributing.


Military Madness-Graham Nash(1971) from his first solo album 'Songs For Beginners". When he does this song in concert he always says he wishes he could drop it from his set-list. Maybe someday. Please be aware that this song does not disparage the brave men & women who serve...only the chicken-hawks that control where they are sent and what they have to do.