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August 8, 2013

Robert Carter: Bud Selig was right to throw the book at A-Rod

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COMMENTARY —

I’m just glad to see Selig not be afraid to hand out a severe punishment to one of the sport’s marquee players. He now realizes that a major move had to be made to restore faith in the game, which still suffers from the aftermath of tainted home run king Barry Bonds, as well as sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. It’s ironic that conventional wisdom claims the latter two “saved baseball” from the aftermath of the 1994 MLB strike with their chase of Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1998, but now their efforts are suspect as well, thanks to McGwire’s admitted use of steroids and suspicions of the same with Sosa.

Selig could have caved with A-Rod, given his star status on the game’s most famous team. But he didn’t. For once, he acted like the commissioner of baseball and not just an old team owner.

Selig’s move won’t benefit Rodriguez or the Bronx Bombers, but it will benefit the sport — and that’s what matters most.

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