Bud Selig to Blame for Chien-Ming Wang's Injury

KP WeeSenior Writer IJune 16, 2008

The New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 13-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep, but the victory was costly.

The Yankees have reportedly lost starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang until September, after he partially tore a tendon and sprained his right foot while rounding the bases.

Wang will supposedly be on crutches for several weeks.

Is this commissioner, Bud Selig's, fault for instituting inter-league play 11 years ago?

Inter-league play is something that never existed for the first 96 years of the AL and NL's co-existence.

Can we blame the National League for not using the designated hitter rule, forcing pitchers to bat in ballparks of the senior circuit?

Is there any meaning to inter-league play at this point?

It was a novelty back in 1997, but how much more Mariners-Padres or some of these other annual "rivalries" does one need to see?

Is it really fair for the standings?

Imagine the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals battling for top spot in the NL Central, and one gets to play a competitive team while the other plays a perennial mediocre one.

I'm referring, of course, to the Cubs facing the cross-town White Sox six times a year while the Cardinals playing the interstate Royals the same number of times?

This DH thing doesn't exist in NL parks.

According to the Associated Press, Mike Mussina said after Sunday's game, "we don't hit, we don't run the bases. You get four or five at-bats a year at most, and if you happen to get on base once or twice, you never know."

The team is risking fatigue— if the pitcher gets on base, it may take a lot out of him and he won't be as effective when he returns to the mound the next half-inning— or injuries, as was the case with Wang.

Should pitchers be hitting in the first place?

Should the NL adapt the DH rule too?

Either way, pin this one on Selig.