Bud Selig says MLB is cleaner than it has ever been

Bud Selig says baseball is cleaner than ever... as he tried to suspend one of the league's biggest stars

7/17/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jul 10, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun watches game against the Cincinnati Reds from the dugout at Miller Park. Braun was not in the starting lineup.  Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsAs Major League Baseball continues their efforts to suspend perhaps a dozen or more players for their ties to a biogenesis clinic in Miami, commissioner Bud Selig says the sport is actually doing pretty well in the performance enhancing drug department.

On one hand, that's a pretty bold statement, particularly considering the fact that the league is quite actively trying to suspend Ryan Braun, the 2011 NL MVP and 2012 runner-up.

On the other hand, it's not saying all that much, since it's widely known that baseball had a pretty serious drug problem up until very recently.

Well, according to Selig, that last part isn't true. He disagrees with people who say that they waited too long to take on the PED issue.

"People say, `Well, you were slow to react.' We were not slow to react. In fact, I heard that this morning, and it aggravated me all over again."

Sorry Bud, but you're just flat out wrong on this one. There's no question that the league was incredibly slow to react. Perhaps they were just deer caught in the headlights of 60+ HR leaving the park in a single season off the same player's bat several times in a few years, after such a season eluding the entire league since 1961. Perhaps the attendance numbers and television ratings got in the way of the league investigating their own players.

Now, of course, we've reached the opposite end of the spectrum. Players are tested rigorously, yet Selig is still pursuing punishments for players without a legitimate failed test. Braun, for example, won an appeal last year after his urine sample was mishandled. Now, without further incident, he could still face punishment based on the testimony of a not-so-reputable drug peddler from Florida.

Jul 16, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; MLB commissioner Bud Selig after the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY SportsIs Selig crossing the line now? He doesn't think so.

"Some people say now that I'm over-vigilant because I'm worried about my legacy. That's nonsense. That's the silliest thing I've ever heard. This is in the best interests of baseball. I was brought up to understand that you are to do what's in the best interest of this sport no matter what, even if it's painful, and we're going to do that."

Apparently it was in the league's best interest to turn a blind eye to the likes of Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds in the past, but now it's in their best interest to over-pursue Braun.

Is it because they're mad about him dodging suspension in 2012? Or is it just that they have to make an example of someone, and he's the biggest name available?

Either way, let's not fall victim to Selig's two-faced propaganda. Either the league is cleaner than it's ever been, or one of the biggest stars is facing a potential suspension. You can't have it both ways.
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7/18/13   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

After the '94 strike, Major League Baseball was looking for any and everything to try and lure fans back to the sport and in 1998, the home run chase between McGwire and Sosa did just that.  Baseball all but promoted the whole Roger Maris chase leading up to that season.  No way in hell were they going to put an end to that once the fans started coming and the $$$ started rolling in. 

Everything changed when Congress got involved.  

7/17/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Do you have any evidence of that at all? Saying it over and over again does not make it true.

oh yeah... Biogenesis.....just the tip of the iceberg....

7/17/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
Drug use may be at an all time high in MLB.

But it does start the conversation....What do you know about drugs that the players may use...They get them all over the world... oh they come from all over the world....drug use has not slowed down it has changed to a new generation of drugs...

7/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
Drug use may be at an all time high in MLB.

Do you have any evidence of that at all? Saying it over and over again does not make it true.

7/17/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Drug use may be at an all time high in MLB.