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5 Ways Bud Selig Hurt The MLB

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5 Ways Bud Selig Hurt MLB

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Bud Selig's reign as commissioner had its ups and downs, and his legacy should be viewed as such. He had some good moments, but the ways he helped Major League Baseball might not outweigh the ways he hurt the MLB. It was tough to limit it to just five in this list, which just shows the impact of his negative side of his years as commissioner.

5. 2002 All-Star Game Tie

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5. 2002 All-Star Game Tie

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This was an absolute disgrace to baseball. The All-Star game is all about the fans, at least it should be. Having a game that is supposed to represent the sport and entertain even the most casual fans should not end so abruptly with no result. However, what he did in the following years was even worse.

4. Awarding Home-Field Advantage to All-Star Winners

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4. Awarding Home-Field Advantage to All-Star Winners

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After the absolute debacle of the 2002 All-Star game, Selig decided that the game needed to “mean something”. Unfortunately, this took almost all the fun out of the game. Rather than players being able to be themselves and joke around, the motto of “This One Counts!” (which is terrible in its own right) put the most important thing in the playoffs, home-field advantage, in the hands of a game that is supposed to be for fun.

3. 1994 MLB Strike

MLB Strike Upsets Fans
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3. 1994 MLB Strike

MLB Strike Upsets Fans
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It is harder and harder to see why Bud Selig is deemed as such a good commissioner for baseball. One of his first years as interim commissioner resulted in a work stoppage for the sport. This not only put baseball back a few years in terms of fan support, but set a bad foundation for Selig’s reign as commissioner that only seemed to get worse.

2. The Ban of Pete Rose

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2. The Ban of Pete Rose

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The Baseball Hall Of Fame should be about a player's performance during his career, not off the field activities. Although Rose dabbled in many risky and illegal entities, banning Major League Baseball’s hit king, with well over 4,000 hits, is a crying shame. Let Pete Rose back into baseball, and let him into the Hall once and for all.

1. Turning a Blind Eye to Performance Enhancing Drugs

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1. Turning a Blind Eye to Performance Enhancing Drugs

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It gets worse. After setting the sport back due to the strike it seems as if Selig wanted to get fans interested again by way of the home run. In doing so, he turned a blind eye to steroids and other drugs and allowed the league to gain temporary popularity while ultimately besmirching America’s pastime. If Bud Selig makes it to the Hall Of Fame, maybe they should put an asterisk next to his name.

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