It seems that everyone’s favorite outfielder is now facing an indictment for perjury sometime in the next month according to reports. Now the Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, has indicated that he will try to suspend Bonds if he is indicted. I say good for Bud.
The Commissioner has a clause in his job description, that has wide ranging powers. When invoked, the “best interest of baseball” clasue essentially allows the Commissioner to do just about anything. Oh, he will be challenged, of that there is no doubt. But it is the “nuclear” option for who ever holds the office. It’s been used before, and I have little doubt that Selig will use it in this instance.
IMO, should Bonds be indicted on the charges, he should be suspended untill the charges are resolved, one way or another. I know that the Players Union will cry all sorts of foul about it, and will litigate it to the point of ridiculousness. But, if Bary is facing felony and/or misdemeanor charges, with potential jail time, isn’t it in baseball’s best interest to have him resolve the charges, rather than going all over the place playing baseball, and being a media circus? Isn’t in Bary’s best interest to focus on his defense rather than seeming not to care about them? Shouldn’t the Union be supportive of a suspension that would reflect well on the game, and show that they want a clean game, and accountable players?
Donald Fehr and Gene Orza are perhaps two of the worst things to ever happen to baseball. Over the past few years, it has become painfully apparent that they believe themselves (under the rubric of The Players Union), to be bigger than the game, and to be some sort of social justice crusaders. Bah. They are to eomaniacs to have done more to hurt their Union, the sport, and the public perception of their constituents (the players). At nearly every opportunity they have failed to protect their membership, be it about drugs (steroids, HGH, amphetemines, cocaine, etc), their health post career (retired players needing medical services), or in terms of pensions for older players. Instead they have effectively conspired with the super agents (Scott Boras, Randy Hendricks, et al), and focused almost solely on the “now” (big contracts, exponentially rising salaries, more perks).
For them, it’s all about power and money. They want to control the game, and to keep it generating huge amounts of cash for them. They do this even though it may eventually spell the death of the game. At some point, and probably not in the too far future, we will hit the braking point. I fear that it will take a team going into bankruptcy, or worse, folding up operations, before anyone will act to stop the slide.
t will take more than just one side to get it done. Players will have to give up things, owners will have to give up things, and it will be up to the Commissioner to get it done. Don’t get me wrong here, owners are equally culpable here. Their greed has reduced several franchises to mere shells of their previous levels of achievement. Look at Kansas City, or Pittsburgh, or the revolving doors in Florida. Add in the idiocy that is the Yankee organization (way over paying for bad talent), or the Rangers (the A-Rod contract), and one can clearly see how the owners are just as bad as the agents and Union.
The combination of greedy agents, egomaniacal Union “leaders,” bad and greedy owners, and players who just don’t know any better, and it spells a recipe for disaster. Basbeball needs a lot of comprehensive reforms, not just on money matters, but on the drug issues, and player care (especially post career). NOw, we just need to see if the power games and egos can be put aside to get it all done. I won’t be holding my breath.