MLB: If You Don't Vote for McGwire, You Can't Vote for Selig

Harold FriendChief Writer IAugust 17, 2011

Mark McGwire
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The double standard is symptomatic of American society. Once upon a time, the American people would have tried to prevent it from occurring, but that time is gone forever.

Allan Huber "Bud" Selig, who owned the Milwaukee Brewers, became baseball commissioner, which even some of my kindergarten friends realize was a blatant conflict of interest.

Bob Warja  of Bleacherreport.com wrote an outstanding column in which he says having a baseball team owner as commissioner is analogous to having a catcher calling balls and strikes.

Allan Huber "Bud" Selig was commissioner when an undetermined number of players, including Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, used performance enhancing substances. "Bud" was acting commissioner from 1992 until he was formally elected to the position in 1998.

The bottom line is that Selig failed to protect baseball's integrity.

He claimed he was unaware of the problem's magnitude. The erstwhile commissioner never wondered, as great announcer Ralph Kiner wondered, how 175-pound infielders were hitting mammoth home runs to the opposite field.

Now we get to the good part.

Those individuals who determine which players are elected into the Hall of Fame generally refuse to vote for any players tainted by actual or imagined steroid use. Selig implicitly approves of such a stance.

A tremendous joke occurred during late August of 2010. A statue of Selig was unveiled at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

The CEO who presided over what is rapidly becoming known as baseball's steroid era was honored with a statue. Was it for attempting to sweep a problem under the rug?

The disingenuousness doesn't stop with Selig.

The player whose all-time career home run record was shattered by Barry Bonds had some amazing things to say.

"Bud Selig is my hero. He has taken baseball to a far better place than where he found it,"  Hank Aaron said. "His life teaches us to persevere, never quit and to extend your hand to help others along this journey."

How sad that Aaron must be counted among those who have created their own reality.

 An article appeared  in the Daily Herald about one year ago in which the author states that while voters have problems about electing McGwire to the Hall of Fame, no such problems will exist when it is time to vote for Selig.

The writer of the article makes another great point, which is that the only players who will suffer from the steroid era are those who were Hall of Famers or almost Hall of Famers. Most players of the steroid era will suffer only guilt by association.

Many fans oppose McGwire and those of his ilk from getting into the Hall of Fame, claiming that they were users while Selig was not. What poppycock.

The commissioner, owners, general managers and managers had to know that players were using performance enhancers. They did little or nothing, which makes Selig and his ilk no different from the users.

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