Selig talks suspension for A-Rod

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Bud Selig is one of the bigger problems with the steroid era. While he faced a combative players association, he rarely stepped up to speak out against drugs in the game until it became a national scandal. Since then, he has never punished a suspected — or known — PED user for failing a test prior to 2004 when mandatory punishments were enacted. Today, in an interview with USA Today, Selig says that he “would have to think about” suspending Alex Rodriguez.

In a nutshell, that’s a complete and utter joke. The PA would throw a fit about it, and that Selig even mentions it is reason enough for me to say he should resign. This isn’t leadership; this is public grandstanding. Somehow, despite the fact that A-Rod took PEDs, lied about it on national television and chose softy Peter Gammons to interview him on Monday, the media reaction — between Roberts’ book and Selig’s interview — has nearly turned A-Rod into a sympathetic victim. That’s as bad a reflection on the state of baseball as A-Rod’s PED use six years ago is.

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  • radnom

    This is a non story.
    Standard response to any question such as this from baseball’s front office when something breaks is always “Well we need to gather all the facts and then act accordingly. We won’t rule anything out.”
    It is basically a non-answer. No one is getting suspended..

    • Ben K.

      I disagree. Selig should have just responded with an unequivocal no. That he is even considering it as a token gesture to the press is absurd.

      • huuz

        one of the many reasons that i despise selig.

  • asdf

    Who does this guy think he is? He can’t suspend A-rod for something he did that wasn’t against the rules when he did it.

    • Mike Pop

      Ha. He said he might just think about adjusting the record books. He’s gone mad with power.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        That concept is (adjusting the record books) literally dripping with insanity.

    • Whitey14

      Illegal use of prescription drugs has been against the rules of Major League Baseball for decades…doesn’t mean I agree with any type of discipline, but we should have the fats straight when making these types of comments….

      • Chris

        But there was no punishment defined for it. Cocaine was also illegal. Is he going to pull Paul Molitor out of the HOF?

        • JC in NC

          Is he going to strip the Mets of the 86 Series????

        • Drew

          Mike Schmidt Amphetamines? Let’s just pretend baseball didn’t happen after ’65 or so.

    • Macphisto

      Commissioner Renault strikes again.

  • Matt

    I can’t wait for all the reporters to jump on this and say how great it is that Selig is thinking about righting a wrong.

    • Mike Pop

      “Bud Selig is a god among men. Just when you think America’s past time could not get any worse, Selig makes it right. By suspending Arod, Selig shows how he doesn’t take shit from anyone and he is trying to right the storm that has surrounded baseball over these long, hard, excruciating years. Selig wants the best for baseball and by doing this he will make the sport better and more fun for the fan to watch. Bud Selig for President 2012.”

      (Ya, sitting in Accounting class. Very bored.)

  • A.D.

    Bud Selig is a joke, and the fact he’s getting paid 18M a year just makes it greater icing on the cake.

    • UWS

      Turd icing on a shit cake.

      • Yank Crank 20

        This amused me.

      • jsbrendog

        this comment was quite enjoyable

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
        • UWS

          Much like Bud, you don’t have a leg to stand on.

          Besides, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Alright, then, I’m suing you for taste infringement. What do you think about that? Huh? Let’s put the lawyer pants on and walk that one around.

        • barry

          that’s pathetic

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Great comment, barry. Compelling, and rich.

            Well, that’s gonna do it for all of us here at Channel 4 News… you stay classy, San Diego.

  • Tom Zig

    I was wondering when you guys would discuss this, I couldn’t take the lunacy that goes on at FanNation. The union may have dropped the ball on the steroids issue, but they won’t screw this up. If Selig suspends A-rod, I think Don Fehr will punch Selig in the face and ask him who his daddy is.

  • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

    Great job, Ben. This especially is very true:

    “… and that Selig even mentions it is reason enough for me to say he should resign. This isn’t leadership; this is public grandstanding.”

    I am no A Rod fan, but it’s a disgrace that Selig would say he is even open to suspending A Rod for testing positive when it was supposed to be anonymous!!! Seriously, it’s so out of bounds, he can only be doing it to curry favor in the press, which is not how a commissioner should behave. He’s a disgrace.

    Is he going to suspend the other 103 guys when the list inevitably gets out?

  • A.D.

    The PA association would go NUTS on this.

    Given that the results of the test were never suppose to be released, and there were no penalties, to now have a player’s name released that shouldn’t have & to then punish him for something that happened 6 years ago, that wasn’t punishable at the time, would be redic.

  • steve (different one)

    if A-Rod is suspended, you can expect a strike in 2012.

    the Union conceded to ANONYMOUS testing in 2003 to help decide if more testing was needed. those results were to be for THAT PURPOSE only and the results were supposed to be destroyed.

    were Selig to use those results to take one dime for a union member, they will make ZERO concessions in the next round of CBA negotiations

    Selig needs to tread very lightly here.

  • frits

    Damn straight, Ben, and well-put.

  • AndrewYF

    Is there even any grounds for a suspension? Let’s check the facts:

    Back in 2003, there was no rule saying that taking a banned substance would result in a suspension.

    That alone is enough reason. Also, it was 2003. I don’t think there has ever been a retroactive suspension for a player. Wasn’t Paul Byrd, Rick Ankiel, and Brian Roberts not even suspended?

    • A.D.

      Exactly, which just makes Selig’s words dumber

  • pete c.

    Bud lite strikes again.

  • Chris

    Let me get this straight, A-Rod and Giambi come out and admit they took steroids, and get threatened with possible suspensions (even thought it didn’t occur or won’t occur). Bonds and Clemens use the deny, deny, deny tactic and don’t get any such threats.

    Perhaps Selig’s goal isn’t to actually punish A-Rod, but to encourage other players that may have taken steroids to not admit it, and shut up and sweep it under the rug. Basically, he doesn’t want the drug use that became common under his ‘leadership’ to be let out in the open because he thinks it will make him look bad. Using his bully pulpit is the only avenue he has since he doesn’t know who the next leak will come from or be about.

    • jsbrendog

      this is a very interesting theory.

  • WhizzoTheWize

    Arod abused
    but Selig’s confused;
    all the drugs were used
    while Buddy snoozed.

    • THE KID (WI)


      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        There was an old man from Nantucket…

        • UWS

          Go on…

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            You naughty girl…

  • SoCalYankeeFan

    I agree no suspension will happen and it’s “Selig-just-being-Selig”. However, it does pose an interesting scenario:

    What if A-Rod was out of the Yankee lineup for an extended time? Who would play 3B?

    My take is that Teixeira would play 3B and Swisher 1B. Tex came up as 3B and played all of 15 games at 3B (and 15 games at corner OF) in 2003 for Texas before switching to 1B. I think he is a good enough athelete to switch back to 3B without embarrassing himself.

    Any other ideas, comments?

    • steve (different one)

      i can’t see this happening. Ransom would play or they’d pick up a 3Bman off the scrap heap.

      • whozat

        I think they’d at least LOOK at the idea. Talk to Tex about it, have him take grounders over there. At the very least it’d improve their bargaining position in 3B trade talks.

  • Axl

    How can he discipline Alex Rodriguez for using them before…when he has the names of the 103 others sitting on his lap keeping them confidential??

  • MattG

    I think A-Rod should be suspended! To the full extent of the terms of testing as stated in the CBA, which is…(pages ruffling)…oh, never mind.

  • THE KID (WI)

    I will thank Bud Selig for two things and two things only…

    1) interleague play
    2) wild card

    Other than that, and i don’t know how else to put this, he’s an idiot. From his used car salesmen days to his $1.25 hot dog lunches to this daughter running the Brewers when he was commish (give me a freak’n break) all they way up to the PED mess.

    How in the “heck” can he even talk about suspending A-Rod for an anonymous test before there was any policy in place? Especially when he hasn’t address the 103 other players that failed the test either.

    Bud, you’re an idiot & and hypocrite.

    Despite what you think YOU BUD and the players and the union and the owners all had a hand in this. Be just a bit of man and take your share (not to mention earn your $18 freak’n million!!!)

    All right, i feel better now

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I hate both of those things.

  • logan9497

    Bud is simply grandstanding and here is why he will not do anything. 1) If he does the union will contest it, 2) Arod will hire the best lawyers in the world to take this on, 3) this would force the release of the other 103. The issue is that the players would take the test in 2003 and that there would be no repercussions from the results.

    If he even attempts this, be prepared for a MAJOR strike when the CBA ends and absolutely NO concessions.

    Also, Radomski says that 4 former teammates told SI about A-Rod, yet the results went from the union to the feds and according to SI that is where that bitch got the info.

    Verrry Innterstink!!

  • Bill

    Selig is largely responsible for the rampant use of steroids throughout his tenure. If the majority of the owners today were a little less concerned with revenue and more concerned with the integrity of the game he would’ve been fired a long time ago.

    And the way he is handling all this is absolutely disgraceful. This issue for the most part could’ve been put to bed a while ago had he stepped forward and allowed the league’s front office and himself to take on the blame for allowing this to get out of hand. Instead he has started a witch hunt so that the players and not the MLB or more importantly Selig himself take the brunt of the blame for steroid use in an era where it is apparent that there were an overwhelmingly large number of violators. Doing that has ensured that this topic will not go away as more offenders will be discovered, more speculation will be thrown out there, and more people will cash in on the opportunity to reap the benefits of this (i.e. Canseco).

  • logan9497

    If A-Rod’s name was on the list in 2003, why did he not get suspended 6 years ago, oh wait, then that would mean that BS knew that there was a problem then, but decided not to do anything because the revenue stream to baseball was running rampant.


    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      That’s my favorite part of this whole bullshit idea: Bud Selig saying he’s “just heartsick” about ARod’s “admission”.

      You’re “heartsick”? Really? MOTHAF#$%A, YOU KNEW THE RESULTS OF THOSE TESTS SIX YEARS AGO. You’re not “heartsick” about ARod cheating, you’re not “heartsick” about the damage done to the integrity of the game, you’re “heartsick” because now we all know what you know and when you knew it and we all know you could have stopped this shit DECADES ago and you did nothing.


  • leftylarry

    Sounds like punishment for Yanks being active in free agency this season and especially siginng C.C. Sabathia away from the Brewers.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Selig hates the Yankees and everyone knows it.

  • LB

    Selig needs to go

  • barry
  • Drew

    Another attempt to cover up his failure as a comish. Okay, so you might suspend Alex, who else is going to come forward and admit past mistakes if you’ll face a possible suspension?

    Another thing I don’t understand, everyone says it wasn’t against the rules but it was against the law. Okay, so it was okay to do in another country because it wasn’t against the law?

  • Gary

    Selig = a used car saleman; a fraud. knew guys were cheating back in 1995-1998 but he and the owners were getting rich after the strike of 1994 because of it so Selig the gutless wonder, was silent. He was the consummate weasel who “gave up” his Brewers’ ownership interest to his daughter so he could become commissioner. Wow how magnanimous! He has as much chance of doing the right thing for major league baseball now as I had at grabbing a bat in the ninth inning and breaking up Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in September 1965 against the Cubs at Chavez Ravine. The NFL showcases its most splendid night- the Super Bowl- when everybody can watch it together but Bud and the network boys telecast most of the big playoff games closer to 11:00 EDT when you and I have basically given up and gone to bed. Where are the fans of tomorrow going to come from, Bud?