Friday, June 4, 2010

Boycott MLB Network until Selig does right thing

As a baseball fan, I am appalled and frustrated by Bud Selig's reluctance to do the right thing and reverse the call that robbed Armando Galarraga of a perfect game and a well-deserved spot in the history books.

Selig's statement about the game was noncommittal but baseball officials are leaking word to the media that he will not overturn the call. That is disgraceful, worse than the blown call itself. Selig has the ability to right the wrong and refuses to do it. But since he has not publicly stated he won't reverse the call, there is still time to convince him to do the right thing. And the way to do that is to hit him where it hurts: in the pocketbook.

Those of you who read my blog can tell I've been a huge fan of the MLB Network since it launched January 2009. I loved watching the World Baseball Classic last year and enjoy being able to watch so many games between teams other than the New York Yankees. I like that they have so many former ballplayers doing the analysis. I was even addicted to the Hot Stove show during the offseason. But I will not tune into MLB Network until Selig reverses the call, which means I probably won't ever watch it again.

Fewer eyeballs watching shows on the network translates into less money for Major League Baseball. If salvaging the credibility of the game isn't enough to convince Selig to make the correct decision, perhaps losing dollars will do the trick. Let's boycott the network until Selig makes things right.

Thanks to Major League Baseball for the photo.

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