Bud Selig Did More Than Screw the Astros, He Screwed All of MLB

The light's went out in Oakland's O.com Coliseum Saturday night. The A's were hosting the Yankees and the action was delayed over 30 minutes while the lights in left field were returned to life. Problems with Oakland's park are nothing new. Locker rooms fill with sewage when there's a hard rain. The turf was unplayable earlier this season because of overnight rains.

The owners of the A's has been attempting to move his team down the road a few miles to San Jose, but the San Francisco Giants have blocked the move. Commissioner Bud Selig formed a commission to study the situation and to aid the A's. That was over five years ago. The conditions at Oakland have only deteriorated over that time while the bumbling Selig and his buddies have done little more than decry the conditions of the stadium and fight a lawsuit filed by San Jose against MLB for not approving the move.

This is supposedly Bud Selig's last season as MLB commissioner, and it is nearly half complete. As the end approaches, the media tributes from Selig's buddies will fill the airwaves and the print/internet. There'll be stories about the success of the MLB Network, and about the two decades of labor peace. There'll be bits about the great attendance numbers and the record amounts teams are receiving for media rights. He'll be known as the man who saved baseball from the evils of steroids, the commissioner who taught the players and owners to work with each other, the man who saved baseball.

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John Royal is a native Houstonian who graduated from the University of Houston and South Texas College of Law. In his day job he is a complex litigation attorney. In his night job he writes about Houston sports for the Houston Press.
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