“No one will argue about who baseball’s greatest Commissioner is. It is the ninth Commissioner, Bud Selig. Nine is obviously a magic number for baseball – the number of players on the field, the number of innings in a game, and the ninth Commissioner symbolizes the magic fo baseball himself … The office of Commissioner of Baseball is today and will ever be the lengthening shadow of Bud Selig. And when people ask, ‘When was baseball’s Golden Age?’ those of us who have been privileged to be involved in it in this age will be able to answer unequivocally, ‘We have lived through it.’ Baseball’s golden age coincides with Bud Selig’s Commissionership in no small measure because of the service he has rendered to the sport.” — Pulitzer Prize winning author and baseball fan George Will
When Bud Selig’s name echos over the public address system at any Major League ballpark, a resounding hum of boos fill the air. Simply put, baseball fans don’t like him.
While the 2004 New York Mets were inside Shea Stadium getting pounded by the St. Louis Cardinals, Jeff Pearlman was in the parking lot spreading the word about the 1986 World Champion New York Mets.
He’s not flashy, he’s not loud, he’s not controversial, but Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter does have one thing in common with his highly-respected peers: winning.