Dear Mr. Selig,
I watched with great interest the events of this week, as you and Major League Baseball began dealing with the latest steroid scandal surrounding Biogenesis. Knowing that you were dealing with at least a couple of former league MVPs in Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, I was very curious as to how you would respond.
Unfortunately (but not unexpectedly), you and your office were disappointingly predictable.
Another moderate suspension (65 games, to be exact), then all will be forgiven and Mr. Braun will be free to move on to the next stage of his career. I can't say that I'm surprised, just let down (again). I was not so much disappointed with the length of the suspension, but with you and your office's obvious hypocrisy.
You have reviewed the Pete Rose situation on many an occasion, and have repeatedly upheld his lifetime ban from baseball. We could argue the merits of that decision over and over, and I could actually argue either side of it. I can definitely see the merits of upholding the integrity of baseball by standing firm, and conversely, I can see the benefits of lifting the lifetime ban (since there is no indication that he ever gambled while a player), and allowing him back into baseball, and thus, the Hall of Fame.
It just seems ironic when you speak of the Rose case that the phrase "integrity of the game" spouts out of your mouth.
I contend, Mr. Commissioner, that you and your office have done more to destroy the "integrity of the game" than Mr. Rose's gambling ever did.
Your office, that turned a blind eye for so many years to the obvious steroid use that was going on right under your nose.
Your office, that touted the Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa "Race to 61," as they chased Roger Maris' hallowed single-season home run record.
Your office, that bragged about the record crowds showing up at ballparks while these guys were abusing their bodies with steroid use, and you were doing nothing to stop it because the league's coffers were expanding at an alarming rate with record TV contracts.
It is almost laughable to watch you hypocritically chide Pete Rose, while your office acted so selfishly and did irreparable damage to the sport that I love so much. Now, you gladly hand out "punishment" for this violation in terms of 50-game suspensions, 100-game suspensions, and "remainder-of-the-season" suspensions, hoping that people will now see you as "tough on steroid abuse."
What these players are doing, and what your office did for so many years, has done far more damage to the integrity of this great game than Mr. Rose's actions ever did. The difference is, your office never found a way to benefit from Rose's transgressions.
With Great Disappointment,