Bud Selig: Sport's Biggest Hypocrite?

Mark HauserCorrespondent IIFebruary 16, 2009

The MLB owners, led by Bud Selig, pressured Fay Vincent out of his commissioner’s post in September 1992 for various reasons, including what they felt was a heavy-handed approach.

Selig was named acting MLB commissioner shortly thereafter, and in 1998, he was named the permanent MLB commissioner after he sold his share of the Milwaukee Brewers to his daughter to remove any conflicts of interest.

His approach has not been as cumbersome as Vincent’s, but I do not think he has always acted in the best interests of the MLB. The current steroid crisis arose under his watch; he simply failed to act in a timely manner.  And while the MLB is more popular than ever, what has this expansion cost the integrity of the game?


Plenty are to blame for the steroids mess: Selig, the owners, the players who used steroids, and the Players' Union. But Selig is most culpable, as he was aware of the problem and failed to react. Record-breaking home run performances were helping to save the MLB from its television and attendance slump, so Selig turned a blind eye to the drug use.

Only once Selig and the owners had benefitted substantially from the steroid-induced popularity and baseball was back on its feet, did Selig act. And it isn’t even clear that he would have acted at all if Congress had not become involved.


After Selig more or less permitted steroid use, he distanced himself from Barry Bonds as the Giants slugger pursued Henry Aaron’s all-time career home run record. Then when it was broken, he suddenly did not approve of Bond’s steroid use.

Even Jessica Simpson is smart enough to see he was being a hypocrite. And yesterday, he stated that he would not rule out punishing A-Rod for his steroid use six to eight years ago, nor would he rule out rewriting the record books to exclude performance enhancers. He also said that the steroid users shamed the game.

Oh please, Bud. Jessica is so upset by your comments, she just ate six jelly donuts faster than Barry could say, “pass me the syringe.”


First off, Selig, it was an anonymous test, and Rodriguez's confession only admits to use years before the drug agreement took effect. So there is little you can do in terms of punishment.

Second, he and the other steroid users only got away with steroid use because you allowed it to happen under your watch.

Third, where do you draw the line with your changes to the record book?  Do we, for example, put an asterisk for all of baseball’s records before 1947 because blacks were not allowed in MLB?

And finally, how do you know who used steroids if you started testing about a dozen years too late?


The bottom line is that the person who brought the most shame to baseball is you, because you were in charge. You looked and sounded pathetic with your finger-waving lecture. You are the biggest hypocrite in sports.