Bud Selig's Disingenous Approach to Steroid Use Disrespects Maris and Aaron

Harold FriendChief Writer IFebruary 25, 2012

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Major League Baseball (MLB) is a company that operates baseball leagues in North America. Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Roger Maris and Barry Bonds are some of baseball's most famous players.

MLB and its commissioner, the honorable Bud Selig, who used to be an employee of his father's car leasing business in Milwaukee, is proud of how he has reacted to the use of performance-enhancing substances.

According to it's website,  MLB has the most stringent drug-testing and disciplinary policy in American professional sports thanks to Mr. Selig.

Say, Mr. Selig, how did the Ryan Braun case turn out?

Baseball fans can sleep well at night knowing that their idols and, more importantly, their children's role models can't cheat thanks to MLB's drug program.

Still, there is one question that Mr. Selig refuses to address.

Barry Bonds broke Roger Maris' single season home run record while he unknowingly used steroids.

Bonds insisted he thought that Greg Anderson was giving him flax seed oil and a cream to help decrease muscle pain.  He testified to a grand jury that he didn't know they were steroids.

BALCO founder Victor Conte identified THG as the clear A testosterone-based ointment was identified as the cream.

Mr. Selig refuses to face the truth.

According to MLB's drug policy, the fact that Bonds claimed he didn't know he was taking steroids is irrelevant. All that matters is that he used them.

No one can prove that steroids helped Bonds break Maris' record, but that doesn't matter to MLB. What Bud Selig and Rob Manfred say, goes.

MLB lost its "case" against Braun. They failed to follow their own procedures, but they claim that it doesn't matter if those in charge err.

Craig Calcaterra wrote that MLB will probably appeal arbitrator Shaman Das' ruling in federal court.

According to Calcaterra:

Sources said MLB is livid and is evaluating the possibility of suing in federal court to have Das’ decision overturned, but that they did not expect a decision to be made until after Das issues his written report within the next week or so and MLB lawyers have a chance to review it.

Right, Mr. Selig, go after Ryan Braun. Show America that baseball is tough on those that break the rules despite the fact that, in Braun's case, MLB failed to adhere to one of those rules.

But don't worry about the record book. Avoid the negative publicity and even more negative reactions that taking the single-season home run record and the career home run record away from Barry Bonds would cause.

There is as much chance of that happening as Ryan Braun ever failing a drug test.