There have been plenty of losers in the wide wake of the Mitchell Report. The list starts with Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Miguel Tejada, the MLBPA and other Yankees and Mets.
But there is only one clear winner: Bud Selig.
The commissioner largely got a pass from his buddy the Senator. Then he went to Congress on Tuesday and was patted on the back. Now comes word today that the owners voted unanimously to give him a three-year extension.
Selig made close to $15 million in 2005, so it’s likely that his new deal is probably worth at least $50 million. The message sent by the owners is pretty clear: We care about out revenues, not the steroids scandal.
Everybody is making money in the industry. Almost every team has a new stadium or is building one. MLB’s internet ventures are increasingly profitable. Television ratings are up. Attendance sets records every year. Middle relievers land $19 million deals.
When it comes right down to it, steroids helped the game get where it is today. You can argue that Selig is being rewarded for looking the other way.
Pretty good job if you can get it.