If only Allan Huber "Bud" Selig, commissioner of the Major Baseball League (MBL) can put aside his personal animosity...
|Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees|
August 31, 2009 by Keith Allison
via Wikimedia Commons
Alex Rodriguez has been quiet since he finally gave up his fight against Selig ... If Rodriguez continues to stay out of the public eye, Selig could show some magnanimity and reduce the punishment ...
Since the eight Chicago White Sox players who took money to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series were made ineligible for life by the first commissioner, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, has any player received a more severe punishment than Rodriguez?
I don't see any downside for Selig. He has won. Rodriguez has been completely vanquished. Selig could set his own terms, including a confession, which seems unlikely if Rodriguez does not have his sentence commuted. Who knows, maybe something like that has already been agreed to...
It may not be a coincidence that the original punishment of Rodriguez extended through the entire 2014 season. Subsequently, Selig announced his retirement effective January 2015. The banishment of Rodriguez meant that Selig would never have to deal with him again. The return of Rodriguez would be a problem for the next commissioner.
Asking Selig to voluntarily engage Rodriguez again requires uncommon character, which I have yet to observe in Selig. Maybe Selig should learn from Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice".