This Should Be A Joke But It Is Not

Major League Baseball Commissioner and de facto Dear Leader Bud Selig makes $18.35 million a year.

Yes, I said, Bud Selig makes $18.35 million a year!

Pick your jaw up off the floor and wipe it clean with that $12 MLB hoodie you got on sale at Target — the kind King Bud would never wear because a) he’s still not cool and b) a $12 anything is certainly well below him.

Everybody still with me?  Great.  Now, realize that Bud Selig makes more money a year than Albert Pujols ($13.87 million), Ryan Howard ($10 million) and Magglio Ordonez ($15.77 million) not to mention a slew of other superstars who have had way more to do with the current success of the commercialized game than Selig could ever dream of having.

If anything, Bud Selig is the supreme benefactor of being in the right place at the right time.

Because really, what has Selig done during his tenure to make baseball as popular as it is today?  Well, let’s see…

He oversaw the devastating strike of 1994.

He realigned everything, making sure to put six teams in the NL Central (the largest division in baseball while the AL West has just four teams), which causes the Cubs and Cardinals to only play each other twelve times a year as opposed to twenty, further decimating and devaluing one of the best rivalries in the game.

He gave us the inexcusable, outlandishly silly “this time it counts” scenario of the All-Star Game winner having home field advantage during the World Series.

He ignored the blatant, in-your-face warnings that a large faction of players were doping it up, thus hitting balls out of the park at a fervent pace.  This, of course, peaked the interest of all because who doesn’t love a homerun or seventy?  Suddenly, more people start to show up at the park, putting more money in his pocket… so, really, can anyone really chide Selig for his unethical behavior?

Yes, we can.

But what is done is done.  We cannot undo anything.  What we can do is scream, yell, break things and blog about it (Selig, you owe me a new computer screen).   

If Bud Selig makes $18 million a year, then by my calculations, which are based on his overall worth to the game of baseball (and you Sabermetric guys can jump in here if I am off), Manny Ramirez should be making $75 million a year; A-Rod, (making note of his abysmal playoff khalil greene.jpgperformances) should be paid $55 million a year and Khalil Greene, after cashing in on an incentive-based package requiring him to record at least one base hit in each month of the season (so, let’s say at least six), ought to be bringing in a cool $29 million a year.

Looks like the fantasy baseball season never ends if your name is King Bud Selig.  I just hope he remembers to pay his taxes.

Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.





  1. hardballblog

    His salary is ridiculous. The whole “this time it counts” idea is a joke. The All-Star game is just for fun and shouldn’t count for anything. I agree with some of the analysts on ESPN, Roger Goodell deserves to be paid more than Selig.

  2. raysrenegade

    I can understand now why he gave the Brewers day-to-day operations to his kin. He saw the bigger payday on the horizon.

    I still wonder how long he truly is going to stay as the head guy for the MLB. He has not been so bad you are sick to your stomach, but a few bad baseball decisions in high profile games did make a huge flaw very open to everyone’s views. He is a guy who doesn’t prepare for the unexpected.

    Could be worse……………I do not hear anyone calling him the ” Carl Pavano” of MLB Commissioners yet.

    Rays Renegade

  3. redstatebluestate

    Yes, yes, ya’ll. I know it’s crazy. So, now what do we do? Julia — no application necessary. Just be an owner of a wayward Brewers team.
    Katie57 — Wow.
    Hardball — Thanks for being on board.
    Aaron — Monstrosity for monsters… that’s what this is.
    V — Only time will tell…
    Hyunyoung — Thanks… not sure Khalil is the answer, but we’ll see.
    RR — After I break his legs, maybe we can call him the “Carl Pavano” as you suggest 😉 (i’m sorta kidding)
    Kaybee — That’s my point exactly 🙂

  4. Jane Heller

    I like your question about his taxes. Hmm. For all we know, he has a nanny problem too. (Or his grandchildren do.) And maybe he’s in bed with the oil companies, the drug companies and who knows what else. Should we appoint a special prosecutor?

  5. mlbmark

    Wild Card, Interleague, MLBAM/MLB.TV, World Baseball Classic/globalization, All-Star FanFest, spread of perfect ballparks around the map, revenue sharing and unprecedented competitive balance (Rays!), Nomo/Ichiro/Japan pipeline, MLB Network, this MLBlog you are logging into with a built-in audience…dude, I had to laugh at your list. The popularity of the game is phenomenal, dwarfing anything before his term. 80 million fannies a year. Like fans everywhere say: “I Live For This.” That was his doing, too. Gotta reach pretty far to come up with your list as a summary, although I know you were trying to support an angle. Golden era, can’t wait for next week.


  6. redstatebluestate

    Personally, Mark, I’m not a big fan of interleague or the Wild Card but I’ve learned to take the positives over the negatives. WBC has yet to become a success — some argue it is more of a hindrance (though I hope to see that change soon). All-Star FanFest? Sorry, don’t know much about it other than the fact that I can’t afford it; I can afford to say that the ASG itself and it determining who has home field advantage in the WS is not really working for me. Now, as we get into Japanese players… I have to ask, how in the world was Selig so instrumental in making that happen? You’re saying he opened the door? Okay. What took him so long then? And what does Selig have to do with me agreeing that “I Live For This”? I have “lived for this” since I was born and Selig had zero to do with it. Zero. What about the players, managers, coaches who have made this game what it is today? The Alberts, the A-Rods, the Ryan Howards, the Papelbons, the Piniellas? THAT’S why I watch and love the game. Has absolutley nothing to do with Selig… never has, never will… and sure, I dig my Network, but as much as I enjoy them I gotta say, MLB was light years behind the rest of sports (see the NFL Network, NHL Network for more info). I was watching the NFL Network SIX years ago wondering when in the world is MLB going to get in on that?!?, disappointed every year until Jan. 1, 2009. So why would we give the credit to Selig? Shouldn’t we credit technocracy? In my opinion, Selig’s biggest mistake was turning his head while the game was being ruined by greedy PED users… where was he then? The game was almost dead after the ’94 strike. I remember well. Even I, the biggest fan I know, gave up on MLB. I did. I gave up. I was so broken-hearted by losing the ’94 WS to a strike that I lost faith in everything. Where was Selig then? He was the commissioner. What was he commissioning? Compared to Stern (who made basketball mega-global) and Tagliabue/Goodell (who balanced the NFL and skyrocketed the league to the top of American sports) Selig looks like a lame duck who, like I said, happened to be in the right place at the right time. This is just my opinion. $18 million a year? I think it’s ridiculous. Why not give some of that back to the fans who can’t afford a seat at the game anymore because of that new ballpark. Like most things in life, there are positives and negatives… I can’t hate on Selig because I don’t hate him. I respect him as a man. But I certainly don’t think an annual salary of $18 million is what he deserves. I just don’t. I think you can make a valid argument for all your points EXCEPT “I Live For This”. I’ve been living for this my whole life — and as I said previous — it almost ended during Selig’s reign (1994). If it weren’t for Cal and Orel Hershiser, I might be writing a hit NHL blog.

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