Yes, you read that right. The Milwaukee Brewers plan to unveil a statue of Bud Selig outside of Miller Park on August 24th.
When I think great Milwaukee baseball icons, I think Hank Aaron and Robin Yount – not Bud Selig. Yes, Bud Selig brought baseball back to Milwaukee after the Braves left for Atlanta. Bud also did two other great things for Milwaukee baseball – he volunteered to have the Brewers move from the AL to the NL (which given the weakness of the NL Central and the AL East dominance of the Wild Card not a bad move at all) and he managed to never discuss his own Brewers when the discussion of which teams to contract came around – that’s it.
Bud Selig was the “acting” MLB comissioner from 1992 – 1998 while still being the owner of the Brewers at the same time. He didn’t give up full ownership of the Brewers until 1998 when he became the full-time MLB Comissioner (and if you think he truly relinquished control of the Brewers I’ve got a bridge in New York City you can buy cheap). So, what happened in baseball between 1992 and 1998 – when he was both comissioner and Brewers’ owner? The Good – divisional realignment resulting in Wild Card (and imagine how that benefitted his Brewers being in the weaker NL); that’s about all. The Bad – Steroids ran rampant and there was a strike which caused the end of a season and the playoffs/World Series to be missed.
I’m betting, this will be Selig’s pose – after all, it’s what he was best at:If George Steinbrenner doesn’t have a statue outside of Yankee Stadium, does Bud Selig really deserve one outside of Miller Park? Name a part of the stadium after Selig (I’m thinking the restroom furthest away from the field) or something else if you really feel the need to honor him.
Statues should only be reserved for the great players or icons of baseball – Clemente, Ruth, Williams, Musial, Ruppert, Steinbrenner, Branch Rickey, Connie Mack, Walter O’Malley (owners that actually did something for the game as a whole). When I think of players or owners that deserve a statue, Selig’s name is no where near the list. What’s next? Selig for the Hall of Fame? Come on people of Milwaukee, put down the beer and brats and come to your senses!