I will admit, I believe that A-Rod was involved with banned substances. I do not agree with the length of his penalty. That of course is based on what I consider a first time offense and the penalties received by the other players involved in this mess. What bugs me the most, is how the other guilty parties received lesser penalties. Ryan Braun in particular did very similar deeds that Alex Rodriguez is accused of. For example, when this scandal first broke he came out and stated that his attorneys had used Biogenesis as a source. He repeatedly lied and even won his grievance. Now, there had to be some sort of cover up. So come on, who is more guilty A-Rod or Braun? To me the only difference is Ryan plays for the team that Bud Selig owned, owns, or is still the most associated with the most, the Milwaukee Brewers.
In my working days I have worn many hats. From a Union Representative to a Manager. One thing that I can say is this. When you are disciplining a person you have built your case. In other words in your mind you are totally convinced this person was and is wrong or guilty. This is supported by the evidence you have gathered. I for one never let a subordinate go alone to disciplined an employee. I went along to make sure that person knew why he or she was being punished. We all have heard of or been a part of those situation where a superior does not like someone. He orders that person's boss to discipline or fire that person. They do not have the balls to do it, themselves. But make a subordinate do it. Those are the tough ones, either follow a direct order or be punished yourself. These are wrong. The problem is usually that poor smuck that received the punishment cannot afford to defend his self in a court of law. ( That is why we have such things as grievance procedures and labor boards) This sure smells of that at this point, except A-Rod can afford to defend himself.
Bud Selig can you explain why or how you can go on the David Letterman's show and discuss your decisions to discipline baseball player? Yet refuse to testify? You threatened A-Rod with a life-time ban, if he did not accept your penalty. Yet Alex refused your offer. Then when the Union obviously threatened to go on strike or file a labor charge if you did not allow A-Rod to use the grievance procedure. You then decided on the 211 game suspension. Which most likely would end his career.
Yes Bud over the years A-Rod has not been a model citizen. One could say he has been a pain in your ass. He has been in numerous situations that were not very flattering to baseball. Everything from failed drug tests (BTW: being revealed was a direct violation of his HEPA rights), Madonna and his poker playing. I am sure Bud Selig you have seen all of the evidence, whether it was acquired legally or not. If you did your homework and were convinced in your mind of his guilt. Why would you not explain how you arrived at your decision to give Alex three times more suspension time then Ryan Braun? Yet in most cases over four times the suspension time given to any other offender?
Bud are you that upper management person making your subordinate do your dirty work? If not then why could you not look Alex in the eye and tell him why you were punishing him? Why for so much longer than any other player caught in this scandal? Sure seems to many that you are one of those guys who stands behind others. You screams, yells and cusses at a person your mad at or trying to intimidate. Yet run and hide when you come face to face with that person you have a problem with.
Sure seems to be a personal, with you and A-Rod, now doesn't it? I for one am glad you are stepping down, your recent actions and behavior have given baseball a black eye. Mr Selig, are you just envious or jealous of Alex Rodriguez?
One thing is for sure, Bud Selig you must be a C#$%^&n S@#t.