From Bud Selig (via ESPN):
Selig told USA Today on Wednesday afternoon that he is “just heartsick” about Rodriguez’s admission and would not rule out punishing him or adjusting baseball’s record book. Selig told USA Today he “had put a bulletin out” about the illegality of steroid use in 1997, even though MLB had no drug testing at that time.
“It was against the law, so I would have to think about that,” Selig told USA Today when asked about possible action against Rodriguez. “It’s very hard. I’ve got to think about all that kind of stuff.”
Really, Bud? You’re going to punish him knowing that there are at least 103 other players who failed a drug test out there? A-Rod just happened to be the one singled out. You have to be careful setting those kind of precedents, after the fact. What happens when more names come out?
And adjust the record book? What is this fascination with numbers? You know why numbers are so important to baseball? Because they allow us to evaluate how well a player performed. That’s it. So if you CHANGE those numbers after the fact, that is a lie, because they no longer reflect how well the player performed.
Nice, also, to see that for the $18+ million you make, you went through all the trouble of releasing a bulletin. Was this posted in the employee lounge, right next to the poster that said “Eat Vegetables Every Day” and “Be Sure to Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months” ?