Suppose an official type approached a friend or neighbor of yours and asked these questions about you:
- Is he a member of the Ku Klux Klan?
- Does he grow marijuana?
- Does he beat his wife?
- Have you seen the police at his house?
These are questions that Major League Baseball is asking its umpires’ friends and neighbors. This is as a matter of course for all umpires, not for those under investigation for misbehavior or anything like that.
Would that upset you, if your employer started asking your closest associates questions like that?
Baseball lost me with the ’94 strike, and I’ve paid nearly no attention since then. But between this and the gargantuan steroid clusterfuck, it’s becoming clear even to a casual observer that something is far beyond rotten. It’s testimony to the inherent excellence of the game itself that it has survived, and even thrived, with such horrible mismanagement.
So what’s on the way? More of the same. Bud Selig’s commissioner contract was just extended through 2012. It’s heartening to know we can expect four more years of such fastidious and effective oversight, isn’t it?