Originally Posted by mlbfan30
I really don't understand the hate for Selig...
He's helped dramatically increase the popularity and economic growth in baseball. Isn't that the main job of the commissioner?
Do you guys really hate him because he wouldn't allow Pete to be in the HOF. Or was it the strike? As much as you like Rose, he did break strick MLB rules. It wasn't as if there were no offical rules against betting at the time he did it. Everyone knew betting will lead to a lifetime ban from baseball, way before Pete ever existed. The steroids thing is very different. There were no rules against it at the time. He then implemented the harshest penalties out of the major sports. You can't blame steroids on him, he didn't tell players to do it or anything. They've been around before Selig was commish. Also to knock him on amphetamine use is just stupid. What about when they were widely used in the 60s,70s,80s. Why not blame commishes before his time. I really don't know much about the strike season in 1994, but again it's not anything new. Just give him credit for the overall picture. As a whole baseball has benefited from Selig.
That is the most tired arguement in the steroids issue to me, no, there wasnt a MLB rule, cause they were fricking illegal for everyone, no need for a specific rule for it!!!! There is no specific rule for murder in the MLB rules, cause it is illegal, shouldnt need to be restated. And yes, he does deserve some of the blame for the steroid era, as he had to know it was going on, and turned a blind eye to it. And if he didnt know, he needs to go for not having a clue of what was going on under his watch.