Bud Selig Statue at Miller Park is a Mistake

Joe PiscopoContributor IMarch 1, 2010

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 26:  MLB commissioner Bud Selig looks on at Clark Sports Center during the 2009  Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 26, 2009 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It was recently announced that the Milwaukee Brewers are going to honor MLB Commissioner, and former Brewers owner, Bud Selig, with a bronze statue outside of Miller Park in Milwaukee.  His statue will join the statues of Hank Aaron and Robin Yount that are already outside of Miller Park.

"We are proud to honor Commissioner Selig for all of his efforts on behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers and Major League Baseball," Brewers principle owner Mark Attanasio said.

"The Brewers and Miller Park are in this city because of the Commissioner's vision and dedicated efforts. Just as importantly, he has remained a prominent and highly philanthropic member of our community while effectively leading Major League Baseball during his tenure as baseball's top executive."

Erecting a statue of Mr. Selig is a bad idea.  Bud Selig has been one of the most useless and hated commissioners in professional sports history.  He has overseen baseball during its most controversial period ever that included a lockout, a year with no World Series, the Steroid Era, and an All-Star game that ended in a tie. 

Statues are supposed to be put up for prominent people that are beloved by many.  The only small group of people that loves Mr. Selig are the other baseball owners because all of them have gotten rich on his watch.  The players do not like him, the players union does not like him, and most of the fans do not like him. 

Another mistake Selig, the former used car salesman, has made during his reign is revenue sharing among the teams.  This was a bad idea from its inception and it remains a bad idea to this day. 

The larger teams that make more money should not have to give their money away to smaller market teams just because those smaller market teams are too cheap to spend their own money.  Teams such as the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals are two beneficiaries of revenue sharing.

The Kansas City Royals are owned by the former CEO of Wal-Mart, David Glass.  His net worth is rumored to be over a billion dollars yet he continually refuses to spend any real money on his team when he can clearly afford to. 

Then he cries the "small market" blues as a reason he needs the revenue sharing money but what does he do with it?  He certainly isn't investing it into the team like he is supposed to.  It must be going into his pocket.

Then the owner of the Minnesota Twins, Carl Pohlad.  Mr. Pohlad recently passed away but his situation was very much like that of David Glass.  Carl Pohlad had an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion, but never spent any real money on his Twins.  He was one of the richest owners in the MLB but he never invested any of his money into his baseball team.  Yet another team that cried for their revenue sharing money when they didn't need it.

Bud Selig is a man that is indisputably biased and he should never have been allowed to be the commissioner because of the huge conflict of interest that exists.  Born and raised in Milwaukee, was personally responsible for bringing the Brewers to Milwaukee and owned them for a long time.  You think he isn't biased?  Of course he is.

This is the man the Brewers are going to erect a statue of outside their stadium?  I can understand the Brewers organization wanting to celebrate something because they so rarely have anything to celebrate but this is just stupid.