Bud Selig

Power, Shredding the Shrouds of Secrecy

Power, Shredding the Shrouds of Secrecy

An aerial view of the stadium within the city's park

What will the future of MLB be, decisions starting yesterday.....

The process, exposed, well almost. As revolutions, coups and global power players put the lives of little girls at risk can American leaders find a better way forward for the MLB than the old ways of secrecy and private decisions? That method simply does not work. ask the Czars, much of Frency royalty, and currently the thai royal family.

I have heard power is never given, it is taken. I disagree. For leaders who truly have integrity, who live at basic awarness of their strengths and weaknesses, for men and women who have climbed the ladders of accomplishment and success in any walk of life and even for royalty who insist on experiencing the world as it exists, not as filtered to them, an internal courage is grown over time.

Life has no guarantees. Wealth, health, power are never assured. But when handled with respect and trustworthiness, with decency and compassion more good decisions will arise, good for all involved.

The NYT reporter, Michael S. Schmidt, is obviously on someone's inner circle. Mr. Selig--consider him your friend, because he is. Mr. Manfred, he is yours too. The same for you, Mr. Reinsdorf. Thank you all for the courage you have shown, for being in the game. Now, find a table, as some public place and have a conversation, find a new, inclusive and open way forward. Are you each brave enough, wise enough to do this? Make it in Boston and I'm happy to join you.


Succession--Mr. Selig A New Process Is Required

Every organization needs a leader/spokesperson, MLB included. The difficulty here is the secrecy of the process. Combine that with the very real isolation of the billionaire owners and baseball, the National Pastime and American invention teeters on the brink of irrelevancy or revolution.

Think about this: if you worked for a billionaire would you want to be the bearer of bad news, in any form? Not likely. An out of sorts billionaire is not a pretty sight. It would not bode well for friends, family or continued employment.

Traditionally lawyers were the carriers of negative information but with the top courts increasingly favoring the .1% their realm has little negative news to convey. Yet there is a way forward, a new way, perhaps another American invention? Open the process, to the fans, the players, the team staff, even the unions for a negotiated choice of a leader and then let the owners determine terms and tenure.

I sincerely doubt the owners will be reading this but everyone who loves the game, loves sport or is in any of the mentioned categories and each and every family member of those people, owner’s families included, maybe some of you are reading this. Oh, all politicians and their staffs, you, too, of course. It is about the quintessential American game.  

Step up to the plate, take a swing. You can’t win if you aren’t in the game and maybe you will hit one out of the park.Image