Would It Be Remiss To Suggest That Bob Dupuy And Bud Selig Are Baseball’s Answer To Beavis & Butthead ?

Back in its heyday the show ‘Beavis & Butthead’ had its legion of fans. And many an adolescent male and those older would follow these characters and their escapades religiously. It was pretty safe to say that the shows didn’t care what social graces that they would decry. It was the comedic element of it all that made the show and its characters so hilarious !

Beavis and Butthead ‘vaya cornholio’ .

The same sort of intolerance and their desire to be crude ,lewd, irreverent and loud are the same traits that are now being shown by baseball’s two highest officials, in Bud Selig as MLB’s commissioner and Bob DuPuy as the game’s President of Operations. Major League Baseball (MLB) is in something of a mess ,with regards to the health of many of its franchises. Financially the the clubs are now about the haves and have nots. Those who’d try and tell you different , clearly are out of touch with what’s now going on with the game.

Clips showing episodes of the best of ‘Beavis and Butthead’ .

In the case of both Selig and DuPuy they’re simply about making money and very little else with regards to the concerns of the fans and in great many cases the concerns of its players and perhaps even more so the their biggest benefactors, the US Congress. Who in large part having allowed them anti trust exemption have seen the game’s hierarchy under Selig’s tenure make a complete hash of things in terms of baseball’s operations and its goodwill amongst the majority of its fans.

Here we see commissioner Bud Selig addressing members of the House Oversight Committee up on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. If we can cast our memories back to the testimonies given by such luminaries as Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro , Curt Schlling , Sammy Sosa, Andy Pettitte,Miguel Tejada and Roger Clemens. Well , from there we can clearly see that the commissioner and former MLBPA Chief Executive, Donald Fehr – that the game and its various entities were all involved in the subterfuge that took place. And it has cost the game its legacy and goodwill amongst the fans so dearly. Albeit, that there was a great deal of grandstanding by both sides. From those who gave testimony and from the panelists of House Oversight Committee.

MLB President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Donald  DuPuy  , seen here addressing members  of the  convened  press .    picture  appears courtesy  of   getty  images/ Paul  Rosenbaum  .................
MLB President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Donald DuPuy , seen here addressing members of the convened press . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Paul Rosenbaum .................

Though the caricatures of DuPuy and Selig weren’t created, their persona was there to begin with and it would suggest that at times they are clearly out of touch with what’s going on around them in the world and particularly within their very own sport of baseball. Moreover, it has been both DuPuy’s and Selig’s obfuscating of their responsibilities and their custodianship of the game that has led many to believe that unless something drastic is done. Then we’ll see a number of baseball clubs continue struggle financially. Not only that but with the continued empowering of the sports agents wherein, they are able to force up the asking price of impending and free agents with their exorbitant salary demands. And clearly when the likes of uber-agent , Scott Boras states that the game can withstand the upward climb of the escalating salaries of many of the game’s top players. With the general managers of the teams are in obeyance and acquiescing to their wishes, then not only is the game’s hierarchy to blame. But clearly so too are the general managers and the very clubs themselves, with their brash stupidity and lavish overspending. Given the fact, that the small and mid market teams haven’t the vast financial resources of teams such as the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and of course ‘The Evil Empire’ – the New York Yankees.

The now disgraced former first baseman, Mark McGwire, seen here giving testimony to a congressional committee up on Capitol Hill. Seated alongside him is fellow player, Rafael Palmeiro. Whose own testimony to the committee would come back to haunt him some months later.

All kidding asides, other than the playoff format and scenario, wherein, the winner of of All Star Game has home field advantage for their respective conference throughout the playoffs. What other major innovations has Bud Selig really brought to the game of baseball ? The ‘steroid issue’ abounds throughout much of the nineties and game’s hierarchy remained deafeningly silent, when it was quite obvious that there was something amiss with many the game’s records were being broken at rapid fire pace. Not only that but many of the game’s biggest stars were part of the ever present ruse with regard to steroid abuse and the cheating that went on. But yet it’d appear that Selig’s only concern was with the coffers of MLB’s treasure chest. The tens of millions of dollars that found its way into MLB’s coffers, courtesy of the Sosa -MGwire summer slug-fest of 1998. Wherein, Roger Maris’ single season home run record was breached and subsequently obliterated by Mark McGwire. The ‘boys of summer’ took on a whole new meaning that year. And for McGwire , the fans of the St Louis Cardinals and of the game in general, that was most certainly a year to remember.

Home run king Barry Bonds seen here hitting his 758th home run. Bonds has set the all-time home run mark with of 762 home runs, eclipsing the figure of Braves’ player, Hank Aaron’s mark of 755. Bonds holds the single season home run figure as well as that of the all-time home run mark.

McGwire would finish the season with 70 home runs ,eclipsing Maris’ mark of 61. The record would again be broken by another controversial slugger in, Barry Bonds. The San Francisco Giants’ player and the subsequent turmoil that has since followed him. Bonds’ shattering of the record amidst the allegations that his feat was enhanced by his taking of steroids only adds to the disgust of the era and its overall travails. The new mark set by Bonds of 73, in 2001, is looked upon with a great deal of disdain. And it has been suggested that an asterisk should be placed against the mark- designating it a feat of dubious distinction. Somehow that hardly seems to matter at this juncture. Given the fact the game’s hierarchy looks upon it with validation and that any subsequent record surpassed in the game will be looked upon with a great deal skepticism. And that is in spite of the fact the commissioner believes that its steroid policy is the most stringent in all of professional sports. We ought to remember that both the MLBPA (union) and MLB, itself, had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the twenty first century just to adopt a policy that would be equitable for all of the parties concerned.

As much I’d like to put a positive spin on the achievements of Bud Selig and some of the things that he’s brought to the game. I view that the negatives that can be associated with his tenure have far outweighed the positives that are said to have taken place. Both he and Bob DuPuy have done the game and its many fans worldwide, a great disservice. It were as if their only concern was to fill the coffers of their treasure chest , without having ever genuinely making good stewardship of the game they were chosen to oversee. And like the animated characters Beavis and Butthead whose antics from the start has been to show their idiocy. Bud Selig and his partner in crime , Bob DuPuy can be compared to the cartoon characters in question. Their task over the years, rather than doing what ought to have best for the game. They’ve chosen instead to make it something that now has become almost unrecognizable to the fans in its purest form.

Bob DuPuy , President  & COO  of Major League Baseball (MLB)  and  Commissioner, Bud  Selig .   picture  appears courtesy of  getty images/  Hugh  Daniels  ................
Bob DuPuy , President & COO of Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner, Bud Selig . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Hugh Daniels ................

What we have in essence in the guise of Selig and DuPuy , is baseball’s own answer to Beavis and Butthead. Whose very own idea of having fun , are crude sexual innuendos , acts of flatulence and not a whole of common sense being in their day to day lives. Unfortunately for Selig’s detractors , even with his announcement that he’ll be stepping down from his position upon the expiration of his contract in 2012. For myself, that moment can come soon enough ! I’d rather have seen him step down immediately ,rather than endure another three more years of his inane sound bytes and asinine buffoonery. Could it be that they have close affinity for those very same cartoon characters ?

Winter Wonderland And The Lunatic Fringe Of Major League Baseball …………………

Well, the winter meetings are underway and therein the MLB executives such as the general managers will gather together to discuss ‘their state of affairs’.And no doubt try to arrange several major deals amongst the desirable free agents that are liable to be on the market this winter.

Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, left, looks on as newly signed Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro displays a Red Sox uniform during a news conference at Fenway Park, in Boston, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. After cycling through seven shortstops since the middle of the 2004 season, the Red Sox announced on Friday that they have given Scutaro a two-year deal with a club option for 2012. picture appears courtesy of AP/Photo/ Steve Senne .......
Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, left, looks on as newly signed Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro displays a Red Sox uniform during a news conference at Fenway Park, in Boston, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. After cycling through seven shortstops since the middle of the 2004 season, the Red Sox announced on Friday that they have given Scutaro a two-year deal with a club option for 2012. picture appears courtesy of AP/Photo/ Steve Senne .......

At a time when all four major high profiled sports are facing a major economic crisis. Only the buffoons within MLB would try and tell you the exact opposite to what’s happening out there. Simply put, Bud Selig and Bob DuPuy are about as cognizant as to what’s happening in the game of baseball, as Stevie Wonder would be, in a darkened room filled with several poisonous snakes. Suffice to say, that if they were bitten, they still wouldn’t get it and that’s how idiotic both of these individuals happen to be ! And along with them following suit ,are the owners in tow, along with the bumbling entity that calls itself the Major League Baseball Players’ Union, otherwise known as the MLBPA.

Baseball commissioner , Bud Selig , seated  left  and  MLB Chief  Executive  Officer  Bob  DuPuy.   Selig is  due to step   down   from  his  role  as baseball  commissioner   in 2012.  A  position  which  he has  held  first on  an interim  basis and  then  permanently  from 1993 to  the present day.  picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Roger  Scott  ................
Baseball commissioner , Bud Selig , seated left and MLB Chief Executive Officer Bob DuPuy. Selig is due to step down from his role as baseball commissioner in 2012. A position which he has held first on an interim basis and then permanently from 1993 to the present day. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Roger Scott ................

Courtesy of Associated Press and Yahoo Sports

Yankees finish organizational meetings

TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is ready to start making offseason moves.

The 2009 World Series champions set their 2010 budget parameters during the third day of organizational meetings on Friday.

“Now we’ll go out trying to execute some game plans,” Cashman said. “We have our priorities and we’ll starting working through the winter.”

New York signed free agent pitchers CC Sabathia(notes) and A.J. Burnett(notes), and first baseman Mark Teixeira(notes) during the 2008 offseason. Cashman said there are not as many glaring needs this year, but added the Yankees are “not the perfect beast, either.”

“Thankfully we have a lot of answers already on our roster, but there’s still areas of need that we need to address,” Cashman said.

Yankees left fielder Johnny Damon(notes) and 2009 World Series MVP, designated hitter Hideki Matsui(notes), are both free agents. Left-hander Andy Pettitte(notes) hasn’t announced whether he will return for next season.

“I’ll talk with all the agents involved, as well as the other agents on the rest of the free agent market and at the end on the trade market,” Cashman said.

Outside free agents like outfielder Matt Holliday(notes) and pitcher John Lackey(notes) could get some consideration during baseball’s winter meetings next week.

“We’ll meet with agents, meet with clubs,” Cashman said. “You never know what will materialize.”

The Yankees are also expected to monitor the trade status of Toronto ace Roy Halladay(notes).

Senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman, who oversees player development, spent an hour during the final day of meetings Friday with Cashman and other high-level team officials at the Yankees spring training complex.

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Now if there was a warning sign for the game of baseball to heed , then it had to have been when on the cusp of the beginning of last season. When the New York Yankees once again entered the fray and spent over $423 million to secure the services of Mark Teixeira, A. J. Burnett and C.C. Sabathia on their way to securing their 27th World Series title, with a six game series’ win over the Philadelphia Phillies in their showcase event of ‘The Fall’. Hitherto, uber-agent,Scott Boras and several of his colleagues were extremely happy with the course of events that unfolded with regard to these signings. Now come full circle and players such as Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays ,Jason Bay of the Boston Red Sox and the St Louis Cardinals, Matt Holliday are amongst the most desirable players that are liable to be on the market this winter. Of the triumvirate mentioned, only Halladay isn’t a free agent. Although it’ll take a great deal to pry away the player from the Blue Jays, as they’re no doubt seeking the most desirable value possible in terms of replacing their ace pitcher.

It’d appear that the premium prices will once again abound this off-season if the comments by Boras are anything to go by. It is his belief, that the game is as healthy as it’s ever been. As to how he comes by this notion is anyone’s guess. But bear in mind, what Scott Boras wants, is nothing more than getting the best possible deal for his client or clients as the case maybe. That way his commission remains above the norm, in terms of services rendered on behalf of his client. Selig , as commissioner of baseball and Bob DuPy as the game’s Chief Executive Officer, merely sit and aside and watch things unravel infront of their very eyes. Never mind the fact that many of the mid and small market clubs are now struggling to make ends meet. Granted, MLB at present has what it calls a ‘luxury tax’ that in essence is nothing more than a way to penalize clubs such as the Yankees and the other large market teams, who are able to avail themselves of the best talent available by plundering the rosters of other teams within MLB, as they see fit. Be it through free agency or via a trade. Selig and his minions would have you believe that this is best and only way to keep the game on an even keel and as a viable healthy option. In many respects it’s no different from the somewhat asinine format the federal government took in bailing out the financial and automotive industries without any real guarantees in return. Selig, informs us that the recipients of this particular revenue streams, has to use the monies to bolster their rosters. But more often than not .that money is being used to do precisely the opposite. It actually finds its way into the pockets of the owners , who then offer no explanation to the fans, who have to endure the abject futility of those teams and their on the field performances.

Taken  from last year the  Mets' front office hierarchy  from  left  to right  , Senior VP Player Development  ,  Tony Bernard ,  team owner  , Fred  Wilpon and   General Manager, Omar Minaya.   Having   spent  in  excess  of  $450 million  dollars   alone  in  signing  free agents  over  the  last  three  and  half  years  .  The  New  York Mets  have  had  little   show in  return   for  the  vast   financial  outlay  made  to  acquire  those players.  Albeit that they're   now  charging  premium  prices   for their  monstrous  new  venue  Citi Field   in  New  York   City.  The  cost of  which  was  in  excess  of   $ 675  million  and  was  totally   financed  with  public  money   via  bonds and  the  introduction  of several  tax increases and  new  service  charges  initiated  by  incumbent  Mayor ,  Michael Bloomberg.    picture   appears   courtesy  of  New York Daily News/ News/  Terry  Simmons   ........................
Taken from last year the Mets' front office hierarchy from left to right , Senior VP Player Development , Tony Bernard , team owner , Fred Wilpon and General Manager, Omar Minaya. Having spent in excess of $450 million dollars alone in signing free agents over the last three and half years . The New York Mets have had little show in return for the vast financial outlay made to acquire those players. Albeit that they're now charging premium prices for their monstrous new venue Citi Field in New York City. The cost of which was in excess of $ 675 million and was totally financed with public money via bonds and the introduction of several tax increases and new service charges initiated by incumbent Mayor , Michael Bloomberg. picture appears courtesy of New York Daily News/ News/ Terry Simmons ........................

Funnily enough, an ardent Oakland Athletics’ fan has tried to suggest that his team is always and has always been competitive. Well, if one counts that having the management and ownership year in and year out, simply either trade away their best players or simply allow them to leave as being competitive. I’d hate to think what he’d define success as being ? Suffice to say that the A’s , much like the rest of the ‘bottom feeders’ within major league baseball are now part of what I’d like to call the haves and have nots. The A’s and other teams in the same tract aren’t liable to be able to compete with the financial behemoths of the game such as the Yankees, Red Sox , New York Mets ,Philadelphia Phillies, and the Los Angeles Angels. Who year in, year out, are part of the mix, when it comes to postseason aspirations. Albeit , that as of late the Mets and its ownership have been about worldly wise in terms of common sense . As was shown by Sarah Palin and her high profiled interviews with CBS news’ anchor person, Katie Couric. Let’s just say, the faux-pas made by both the Mets and Palin, has been of the highest comedic order, thought possible !

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated (SI)

Report: Selig tells owners he’ll step down as MLB commissioner in 2012

Chicago (SI.com) — Bud Selig plans to step down as commissioner of Major League Baseball when his current contract expires on Dec. 31, 2012, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

The 75-year-old Selig, who has been commissioner since 1998, declined a request from a group of five MLB owners to stay on beyond that time, the newspaper reported Saturday, citing unnamed sources. He reportedly told the owners he would step aside then because he had other things he wanted to do, such as teaching and writing a book.

If he stays on till 2012, Selig will have been baseball’s top boss for 20 years, including six years as interim commissioner from 1992 to 1998.

His time in office has included such events as the players’ strike in 1994, the introduction of the wild-card system and inter-league play, and investigations into steroid use. He received a three-year contract extension last year.

And the fans and press alike await with baited breath as to what will surface from these meetings. I can’t help but wonder who in reality the game of baseball really thinks it is now fooling ! Selig and the entire cabal within the game seem to be oblivious as to what’s now happening around them. And it will end in their own self inflicted wounds and implosion , if they’re not prepared to face the acute problems that have already begun to encapsulate the sport. From the ‘steroid issue’ to the distrust between the game’s hierarchy and the MLPA. To that, of the mere fact, that they refuse to address the severe financial plight of the vast majority of the teams within baseball.

Uber-sports agent Scott Boras,  seen here  with perhaps  his  most famous  client ,  Yankees'  All  Star  slugger  and 3rd baseman,  Alex  Rodriguez.    Boras   represents   several  other   high  profiled  clients  in the  world  of  baseball ,  including  Daisuke  Matsuzaka,  Johnny  Damon,  Manny  Ramirez,  Mark  Teixeira,   C.C. Sabathia  ,  Barry  Zito  and   a slew of  other players.   General  Managers  around the  league   have   stated  that  Boras  is  a  hard   task master  when  it  comes  to  negotiating  on  his  clients' behalf.    But  time  and  time again  they   continue  to 'cave in'  and  acquiesce  to  his  demands.        picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/Keith  Willens   ...................

Uber-sports agent, Scott Boras , seen here alongside perhaps his most recognizable client , that of Yankees’ All Star slugger and 3rd baseman, Alex Rodriguez. Boras also represents several major league stars in the game ,such as , Barry Zito, Manny Ramirez, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia and Manny Ramirez , to name but a few. However, we repeatedly hear of general managers around the league complain that Boras and his negotiating tactics, have been underhanded and duplicitous in driving up the asking price of his clients during the negotiation process. But needless to say, repeatedly they’ll ‘cave’ in to his demands and finally acquiesce. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Keith Willens …….

Needless to say, it’s not only the lunatic fringe within the game but the erstwhile observers outside the game such as the baseball writers who march the goose step alongside Selig and his minions. And who in essence have refused to even report many of the problems that have been rife within the sport over the last decade, at least. The lunatic fringe and the lunatics are running the game of baseball. And no one within seems to be of the mindset to even care about its well being.

Bud Selig Is Trying His Best Not To Look The Complete Clown But It Becomes Really Scary

Bud Selig Is Trying His Best Not To Look The Complete Clown But It Becomes Really Scary When You Hear Him  Speak It Reminds You Of The Tv Characters Krusty The Clown And Sidesho’ Bob In His Conversations …………

It can’t have escaped everyone’s notice that with the Major League Baseball season having started. A number of the teams have come to the fore and are playing well at this point of the season. 

MLB Commissioner  Allan 'Bud' Selig  and  President of Operations  Bob Dupuy (right).
MLB Commissioner Allan 'Bud' Selig and President of Operations Bob Dupuy (right) . picture appears courtesy ap/photo/Roger Scott ................

We’ve seen the Florida Marlins in the NL East get off to a rather quick start 11-4 start to the season. The thinking was that the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets would have the division all to themselves making it nothing more than a two horse race as the season progresses.

In light of that it can’t have escaped everyone’s notice however that after the euphoric start to the season. A number of teams however are now seeing empty seats within their stadiums for home games. One can merely put it down to the fact that these are tough economic times for not only the fans but also for the franchises themselves.

And as strange as it may seem Commissioner Bud Selig has basically carried on as if the health of the game is in a really great state. But if that were the case then why would he be overly concerned with the situation where he’s said to seeking engage in a conversation with the Wilpons and Steinbrenners as the respective owners of the two New York baseball franchises as to their ticket prices ?  

 

Both the New York Mets and New York Yankees have seen a downturn in attendances for home games. And nowhere is this more significant than with seats situated behind home plate at both stadiums. So much so that the prices sought by the two teams respectively hasn’t led to throngs of fans bidding to purchase these premium priced seats. For the New York Yankees they range in price from $500-00 to $ 2,625-00 for seats in the Legends Suites.

 

Mets' catcher  Ramon  Castro  congratulates  teammate  Francisco  Rodriguez  after the  team's  4-3 triumph over  the Washington  Nationals  at  Citi Field  in  New York City, NY. picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Julie  Jacobs ...............
Mets' catcher Ramon Castro congratulates Francisco Rodriguez after the team's triumph over the Washington Nationals 4-3 at Citi Field in New York City. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Julie Jacobs ................

  

 For the Mets with fewer premium seats within their particular edifice. The Delta Club Area behind the dugout . There the prices are a little less in terms of the overall charges which range from $175-00 up $495-00. It’d be remiss to to think at this moment in time it is only the Mets and Yankees who are in this predicament. But in reality it runs the gamut of the major league teams ut it has become more acute because of who these two teams are.

The Yankees average attendance is approximately 45,000 , whereas the New York Mets average 37,000 per home attendance for their season openers. However as the season progresses if we continue to see these figures prevail. It’ll be hard to see how these can be explained away by not only the commissioner but also by both the Yankees and Mets’ hierarchy. Strangely enough with Selig now visiting both franchises to discuss this situation . One has to wonder if he’d show the same sort of concern were this any other team within league ?

 

Kevin  Youkilis   is  congratulated  by  teammates  Manny Delcarmen and  Takaishi  Sato  .
Kevin Youkilis (center) is congratulated by teammates Manny Delcarmen (left) and Takaishi Sato after Youkilis' game winning home run in their 5-4 triumph over the New York Yankees at Fenway Park , Boston, Mass. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jim Rogash .............

 

 
Could it that merely because it’s the New Mets and Yankees and their new facilities he’s showing this sort of concern ? He’s never shown any forthright concern over any other franchise with the attention he’s now said to be showing the two New Yor franchises. He’s stood idly by whilst over the last decade the Florida Marlins have toiled and haranged the local municipalities as well as county and state legislatures in order to get some sort of a response in attaining a state of the art facility. 

Animated   tv character  Krusty  The  Clown  from  the  Fox  animated series  'The Simpsons' .
Animated tv character Krusty The Clown from the Fox animated tv series " The Simpsons ". picture appears courtesy of Matt Groenig ...... @ copyrighted. all rights reserved

 More and more we’ve seen that Bud Selig picks and chooses his battles in order to attain the publicity needed to enhance his reputation and that he thinks will be of benefit to himself and Major League Baseball.Curiously enough to listen to Selig speak about the health and credibility of the game . Is to witness animated characters Krusty The Clown and Sidesho’ Bob from the Fox tv show ” The Simpsons”. Oblivious to what’s really happening around him. He’s of the opinion that his self worth is greater than those who are subordinates of his. Comedic in tone as always the sound bytes from Bud Selig are always welcomed. But now with his own credibility coming into question primarily from the fans. It’s hard to see what this sort of altruism being sought by Selig will amount to at the end of the day. It certainly won’t change the mindset of the fans overall. If anything it’ll do nothing more than prove that what many of already know about the game. And that’s financially it’s a complete mess .

Sidesho'  Bob
Sidesho' Bob from the Fox tv animated series "The Simpsons" . picture appears courtesy of Matt Groenig . @ copyrighted. all rights reserved. ..................

Fortunately all of the major parties concerned are too stupid to realize that fact. That ranges from the hierarchy on down to the owners and the Players’ Union. They’d rather carry on as if things are the same hearkening back to the days when the ballparks were filled with fans who couldn’t get enough of the game. Now the game yearns the fans but their own concerns are far more acute than anything that baseball has to offer the fans as a respite.