I was all set on writing about the new rainout policy for the Washington Nationals but then an article about the next baseball commissioner from ESPN’s Jayson Stark caught my attention. Let me just say one thing about the rainout policy before moving on. It is simply not fair to those who are traveling to see a baseball game or students that are not able to cut classes if an evening game is rained out and rescheduled for the daytime during the week.
Now that I have that out of the way, let us turn our attention to the Stark article. It is an interesting idea. Stark brings up names that are both inside and outside the box.
When it comes to the idea of Bob Costas as MLB Commissioner, I have been a fan of the idea for a long time. It isn’t just because he is a St. Louis guy. It’s because he knows baseball. He wrote Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball many years ago. It’s been on my bookshelf since 2003 after I saw it in the bargain section at Barnes and Noble. Costas brought up some great ideas–some that should be utilized in the game if they haven’t been already.
The question is: Will baseball turn to somebody already insider the executive offices or will they find an outsider? Do they go relatively young and turn to someone that can take the reigns for more than 20 years or someone that won’t be at the job for 10 years?
Bud Selig has been commissioner since 1992. The longest that someone served as commissioner was Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis from 1920 to 1944. The only other two to serve a lengthy tenure were Ford Frick (1951-1965) and Bowie Kuhn (1969 to 1984). A lot can happen between now and the end of his contract but if it were up to me, I would go with Bob Costas.