How Bud Selig Assisted in the Downfall of Professional Baseball

Anthony SciottiContributor IJanuary 17, 2008

Alright, we all remember Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chasing that single season homerun crown back in 1998. And we remember how incredible it was to watch McGwire's 71st fly over the left field wall.

But not one person at that time gave steroids a thought. If they would have been mentioned, at least there is a possibility that this whole steroid controversy and the Mitchell Report could have been avoided. But like a lot of fans choose to think, no one knew about it.

Don't fool yourself people. Bud Selig new about it.

Selig poked his head onto the scene in '92, following up Fray Vincent on an interim basis. All you will ever read is how he improved baseball, but let's not forget after the release of the Mitchell Report and certain players from the '90s like Palmeiro, McGwire, Canseco coming out about their substance abuse, it became relevant that Selig knew exactly what was going on and had no plans of stopping it.

During the "steroid era"(1994-2002), baseball was at its best in years. The gross revenue for last season was reported nearly $6.1 billion and has been in the same area for the past few years. Attendance numbers have skyrocketed and more merchandise is being sold at every ballpark.

Of course, for the sake of business, Selig's mouth stayed shut about the performance enhancers, steroids, and growth hornmones that he knew were floating through the league with guys like Jose Canseco and McGwire. Luckily for the fans George Mitchell went and dug up the truth that Selig has been burying for years and hopefully it comes back to bite him.

Reports say that Selig has also signed a three-year extension through 2012 as of earlier today, which means three more years of this idiot hiding things from the fans in order to protect the profit and economy of the business instead of its trust and integrity.

Now that the truth is out about most of the players Bug had "protected" hopefully he can take the blame he should have been taking for years, be honest with MLB fans, stop taking for granted what the PLAYERS are doing to improve baseball, and wait quietly in his office for the next three years until we can get a man with morals and civic value to take over this job.