We will give Bud Selig this: His 21-years as Commissioner of Major League Baseball have been free of all pretenses. He early and often made it clear that he would not serve as a genuine true-to-the-title Commissioner.
A man who would ceaselessly and firmly serve the best interests of The Game — everyone’s best interests — more easily could be found waiting for a bus or a royal flush.
From his start Selig demonstrated that the only best interests worth serving were those of his enablers — the teams’ owners. And the only serviceable interests they demanded is that he pad their bottom lines or for the newer owners service their inflated buy-in debt.
To that exclusive interest Selig was a superstar.
That he’s retiring after next season presents team owners with the opportunity to select someone with Selig’s sense of selective tapered allegiance and commitment. Both the idea and ideal of a Commissioner who would grant The Game and its fans any loftier regard than disregard is now out...