Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

The Selig Era

Posted by JD on May 9, 2009

I recently posted my thoughts on Manny Ramirez’ positive drug test. In that post, I reffered to the “steroid era”, that time from the late eighties to the early 2000’s when steroid use was rampant. Today, I read a post by Joe Posnanski of the KC Star, Sports Illustrated, and this blog (unfortunately his site is down as I write this, so I can’t link to it). In that post, he referred to the same time period as “the Selig era”.
So simple, and both literally and figuratively true. Though the steroid issue existed prior to Selig’s term as commissioner (I’m looking at you, Nails), it exploded on his watch as he looked the other way. I have no doubt that Fay Vincent would have handled it better (never mind Bart Giamatti). It seems appropriate to me to place a large slice of the blame on Bud.  Making “the Selig Era” interchangeable with “the steroid era” strikes me as the perfect way to do so, and so I shall. By all means, please feel free to join in and spread it far and wide.
On a side note, do yourself a favor and check out Mr. Posnanski’s blog. He’s one of the best sportswriters in the country today. His “The Soul of Baseball” is one of the best books I’ve ever read, sports or otherwise. I’m even planning on buying his book about the ’75 Reds. Why? Because he wrote it. I can’t recommend him enough.

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