Baseball: Exempt and Bankrupt

Major League baseball is in deep trouble.  Their woes are directly reflective of our economic and ethical abysses.

A-Roid (as the Daily News has dubbed Alex Rodriguez) has demonstrated a lack of any personal sense of responsibility while making the life choice of stupidity and money over ethical matter.  What else is new?  Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner, likewise has sat back, allowed the taking of illegal substances to flourish, and basically with a wink and a definite nod, reaped the material benefits of MLB and ensured an ethical exemption as well for the owners.

Like the greasy politicians of today, MLB considers itself above the law.  It started with baseball’s anti-trust exemption as decided by the Supreme Court in 1922:

Big oil way back when, At&T and Microsoft got the wind knocked out of their sails by violating anti-trust statutes.  However, MLB, because it is the overrated, under-monitored “national pastime”, became the only entity in the country to be and exist as a monopoly.  All the other professional sports organizations i.e. the NHL, NFL, etc., must abide by the law of the land that demands competition.

So it is hardly surprising that illegal steroid abuse has flourished in baseball.  Further, our obsession that our “national pastime” is so sacred that it DESERVES to be above the law adds fuel to the fire in the use of banned substances.  It is simply a fairy tale that we have created and imbued with phony worth.  In this particular incident, the outrage seems to be that the crime was not steroid use, but the “leaking” of the confidentiality of the abusers.  The anti-trust exemption needs to be reversed and MLB should be subject to the same laws of this nation that everyone else is.   Maybe then individuals like Bud Selig, A-Rod, Barry Bonds, basically everyone and their mother, will, in light of the absence of their personal integrity, be accountable to the laws of the land.  Let’s not kid ourselves: football, hockey, basketball and as yet, untouchable professional golf, all include players with vastly over-sized with distorted bodies.

MLB is, by law, financially exempt and thus, feels no remorse in its moral bankruptcy.  This holier-than-thou stance would probably exist even if the anti-trust exemption was removed.  After all, look at the state of our country.  Just like our politicians, bankers and hedge fund gurus, MLB is symptomatic of a much larger, more serious default of personal morality and civic obedience.  Why does this sound so sickeningly familiar?


2 Responses to “Baseball: Exempt and Bankrupt”

  1. Natalie Rosen Says:

    My question is has human nature changed that much? Survival is the name of the game I suppose by any means necessary. The two things that have changed in our culture is that the media makes these illegal activities visible. In days of yore no one or few would know.

    The other thing politically at least keeping in mind the first law of nature — survival — is nuclear weaponry. So the threat for bad behavior is always more bad behavior but this time the results of bad behavior can push an annhiliative button.

    Otherwise, it would be ho hum same time same channel. I always remember the movie Quiz Show about the quiz show scandals of the 1950’s. The immoral offenders suffered not much. Most went on to other jobs and suffered no penalty. Even Van Doren himself just went on to teach. A LOT of broohaha and not much to show for the obliteration of ethics. Why? Because the American public did not demand it. They simply wanted to be entertained. MLB falls into that category. In the final analysis the fans love the home run and A Rod hit plenty of them. If he used steroids not many care.

    The public WILL care or will not be around to care if man’s ethical lapse includes a nuclear attack. I think the two issues are linked. No one cares unless it directly affects them otherwise it’s just entertainment!

  2. amy lilley Says:


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