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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bud Selig to win first Bud Selig award

What can you get that retiring commissioner who already has everything? An award named after himself, of course.

MLB announced on Tuesday, Jan. 21 that current commissioner Bud Selig will be the first recipient of the Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award, per SportsCenter:

No announcement yet on who will be given the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Excellence.

Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: January 21, 2014 at 09:16 PM | 66 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. eddieot Posted: January 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM (#4643810)
I proudly accept this award for Outstanding Eddieot. I have no doubt I am the most outstanding Eddieot.
   2. flournoy Posted: January 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM (#4643812)
I have to admit, if there's an award that Bud Selig deserves, it's the Bud Selig Award.
   3. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: January 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM (#4643813)
Maybe he's the only one who would agree to accept it. (I mean, would you?)
   4. McCoy Posted: January 21, 2014 at 11:03 PM (#4643815)
Very Stalinesque of him.
   5. Tim McCarver's Orange Marmalade Posted: January 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM (#4643825)
Wait, this wasn't from The Onion?
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM (#4643826)
Was foot fungus not available?
   7. NattyBoh Posted: January 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM (#4643828)
Can you imagine how proud Wendy Selig will be when he comes home and talks about his big day at work?
   8. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: January 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM (#4643830)
Bud Selig makes foot fungus itchy and uncomfortable.
   9. Monty Posted: January 21, 2014 at 11:40 PM (#4643832)
That's pretty great.
   10. Srul Itza Posted: January 21, 2014 at 11:43 PM (#4643833)
This actually out-Onions the Onion.

If Selig had a nano gram of self-awareness, he would put the kibosh on this.

The man cannot help looking ridiculous at the best of times; this is going to be epic.

But if he goes ahead, clearly the award should in the form of this Bud Selig bobblehead, a la the Oscar.
   11. asinwreck Posted: January 21, 2014 at 11:46 PM (#4643835)
Will the award be spirited away from Seattle under cover of darkness?
   12. Kurt Posted: January 21, 2014 at 11:48 PM (#4643837)
I have to admit, if there's an award that Bud Selig deserves, it's the Bud Selig Award.


Yep. Of all the Bud Seligs, he's the Bud Seligiest.
   13. Rough Carrigan Posted: January 22, 2014 at 12:10 AM (#4643850)
#11. That's the David Stern award. Recipients have to have give an address of a friend in Oklahoma City and it's sent there.
   14. Justin T is going to crush some tacos Thursday Posted: January 22, 2014 at 12:18 AM (#4643852)
Bud is the greatest of all times! Not even Cy Young won a Cy Young Award.
   15. Chip Posted: January 22, 2014 at 12:35 AM (#4643854)
But if he goes ahead, clearly the award should in the form of this Bud Selig bobblehead, a la the Oscar.


I like Joe Sheehan's tweeted suggestion: a pair of bronzed '94 World Series tickets.
   16. rr Posted: January 22, 2014 at 12:42 AM (#4643857)
This is the first time I have actually chuckled audibly at a BTF headline. The fact that it is not The Onion increases the awesomeness.
   17. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: January 22, 2014 at 12:56 AM (#4643862)
Please, please, please make sure the award is in the shape of a centaur.
   18. Mark Armour Posted: January 22, 2014 at 01:23 AM (#4643870)
The linked story makes it seem like MLB is giving him an award. Actually it is the Baseball Assistance Team (which aids needy ex-players). I think that changes the issue somewhat, doesn't it?
   19. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: January 22, 2014 at 01:38 AM (#4643875)
Bud is going to be PISSED if Inanimate Carbon Rod wins the Bud Selig Award out from under him.
   20. God Posted: January 22, 2014 at 02:34 AM (#4643881)
The bselig/bselig award!

Now everyone is going to know what the Primer login is.
   21. bjhanke Posted: January 22, 2014 at 03:32 AM (#4643884)
Well, in its favor, it's probably the single MLB award that has the most obvious and clearly-defined criteria. Makes the HoF look like a dartboard. - Brock Hanke
   22. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: January 22, 2014 at 04:31 AM (#4643891)
Still a better decision than giving an award to American Hustle.
   23. Bug Selig Posted: January 22, 2014 at 08:12 AM (#4643906)
Lou Gehrig gets a disease - Bud Selig gets an award. FTW
   24. Misirlou has S.C.M.O.D.S Posted: January 22, 2014 at 08:24 AM (#4643907)
#11. That's the David Stern award. Recipients have to have give an address of a friend in Oklahoma City and it's sent there.


Pilots-Brewers-Selig.
   25. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 22, 2014 at 09:07 AM (#4643919)
I presume someone in the commissioner's office got an early release of "The Key Principles of Leadership" by Kim Jong-un?

   26. thok Posted: January 22, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4643924)
Will the award be spirited away from Seattle under cover of darkness?


You're thinking of the Walter O'Malley award.
   27. DA Baracus Posted: January 22, 2014 at 09:23 AM (#4643926)
Glory to our benevolent leader Chairman Selig.
   28. Jeltzandini Posted: January 22, 2014 at 09:53 AM (#4643949)
Guy who finished second is probably in a bar ######## that it's all politics.
   29. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 22, 2014 at 09:57 AM (#4643952)
28, I don't think Bashar al-Assad goes to bars.
   30. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4643958)
Guy who finished second is probably in a bar ######## that it's all politics.


Wendy accepted her defeat with grace.
   31. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM (#4643960)
Wait, this wasn't from The Onion?

My thoughts entirely. First hing I did was check the URL of the piece assuming it would lead to The Onion...
   32. JE (Jason) Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4643961)
Even Montgomery Burns is amused.
   33. shoewizard Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4643968)
The Self Licking Ice Cream Cone
   34. BDC Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4643971)
In children's literature, there is a lifetime award called the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (after the author of the Little House books), and you guessed it, the first recipient was Laura Ingalls Wilder. The award was instituted in part because the American Library Association had never gotten its stuff sufficiently together to give Wilder the Newbery Medal for any individual book, so they decided to give her a medal just for being her.
   35. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM (#4643973)
It's actually the Bud Selig Leadership Award so therefore it should be given to someone who embodies the same (lack of) leadership as Bud Selig. Who better to win the award?
   36. JE (Jason) Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM (#4643980)
Wait, how come no one last season thought to inaugurate a Mariano Rivera Award? The recipient must be so bummed. Now no one will remember him.
   37. Hack Wilson Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM (#4643984)
Another award being given soon is the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award. Early favorite is Governor Chris Christie.
   38. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM (#4643986)
between the commissioner declaring he will receive a season long tribute at all major league stadiums and this award i can only presume he will have rob Manfred tossed into a pit with hungry dogs at some point during the season??

   39. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4643990)
Kim Jong Un was snubbed
   40. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM (#4643996)
I'm a big Selig backer but this is not his finest moment.
   41. JE (Jason) Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM (#4644002)
Apparently, the Baseball Assistance Team is a MLB-affiliated charitable organization.
   42. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM (#4644008)
Kim Jong Un was snubbed


Bud's still jealous of his family's hair.
   43. zonk Posted: January 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM (#4644097)
Some time in the 19th century someone probably not Abner Doubleday invented baseball.

Then, nothing happened for about a century.

In 1998, Bud Selig invented major league baseball and gave us the game we love today.

The end.
   44. zonk Posted: January 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4644101)
I have to say, though -- I'm going to be really sad that Major League Baseball will be disbanding when Bud Selig retires.
   45. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: January 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM (#4644105)
This puts those of us in the know in mind of the Brady Bunch episode (*) where five kids won real trophies and Bobby got all weepy because everybody else won, so they banded together to give him a trophy just for being Bobby.

(*) A/k/a "The Beginning of the End."

   46. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: January 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM (#4644116)
Hey, Bobby got a trophy for trying the hardest! That is a fact!
   47. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: January 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4644132)
Hey, Bobby got a trophy for trying the hardest! That is a fact!

Did anyone, anywhere try harder than Bud Selig?

I think not.
   48. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4644163)
Selig should send an Indian to the ceremony in his place, to turn down the award. I'm thinking Asdrubal Cabrera.
   49. Hippo Vaughn is my hero Posted: January 22, 2014 at 12:56 PM (#4644225)
I wonder where they found the trophy to give him? I heard that the dollar store ran out of Bud Selig play dolls.
   50. Hack Wilson Posted: January 22, 2014 at 01:05 PM (#4644236)
Selig should send an Indian to the ceremony in his place


Sacheen Littlefeather is available to accept the award. The Oscar presenter to Sacheen Littlefeather, Roger Moore, refused to give her Brando's Oscar and took it home. Defended by James Bond gadgets he may still have it.
   51. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 22, 2014 at 01:12 PM (#4644245)
The Self Licking Ice Cream Cone

Yup.
   52. villageidiom Posted: January 22, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4644279)
Sacheen Littlefeather is available to accept the award. The Oscar presenter to Sacheen Littlefeather, Roger Moore, refused to give her Brando's Oscar and took it home. Defended by James Bond gadgets he may still have it.
Little known fact: As part of the rules for the Academy Awards, by accepting an Oscar the recipient agrees that if they want to sell it they must first give the Academy a chance to buy it back for $1. This has been the case for the last 60 years or so, which is why it's rare to see Oscars on the auction block except those handed out in the '30s and '40s before the rule.
   53. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: January 22, 2014 at 02:10 PM (#4644325)
Little known fact: As part of the rules for the Academy Awards, by accepting an Oscar the recipient agrees that if they want to sell it they must first give the Academy a chance to buy it back for $1. This has been the case for the last 60 years or so, which is why it's rare to see Oscars on the auction block except those handed out in the '30s and '40s before the rule.

Is that even legal?
   54. DL from MN Posted: January 22, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4644386)
Would have been better if nobody got the award the first year because of a tie
   55. DL from MN Posted: January 22, 2014 at 03:15 PM (#4644389)
the recipient agrees


What about their heirs?
   56. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: January 22, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4644401)
Is that even legal?

Probably not, actually, under the same logic that saw manufacturers' mandated retail prices struck down.
   57. fra paolo Posted: January 22, 2014 at 04:06 PM (#4644442)
Very Stalinesque of him.

Not even Stalin ever won a Stalin Prize.
   58. Don Malcolm Posted: January 23, 2014 at 04:24 AM (#4644897)
The question, of course, is how many of the folks on those USSR prize lists were either liquidated or spent a great deal of their subsequent time in the gulag...

Budzie's speechwriter can model the acceptance slogan around a catchphrase construction that's straight out of 1964: "Self-congratulation in the pursuit of self-referentiality is no vice." If we're really lucky, Bud's head will explode when he tries to deliver that sentence...
   59. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: January 23, 2014 at 09:12 AM (#4644927)
The Oscar presenter to Sacheen Littlefeather, Roger Moore, refused to give her Brando's Oscar and took it home.


Well, considering that she was there to refuse the award, it probably didn't bother her all that much.
   60. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: January 23, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4644995)
If we're really lucky, Bud's head will explode when he tries to deliver that sentence...

R. Budd Selig?
   61. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: January 23, 2014 at 02:25 PM (#4645116)
The question, of course, is how many of the folks on those USSR prize lists were either liquidated or spent a great deal of their subsequent time in the gulag...

I did a little web scrape -- there are English language Wikipedia pages for 332 winners of the USSR State Prize. 87 of them have the term "Siberia", "Gulag", "arrested", "prison", and/or "executed" appear in their Wiki entry. That's nothing like a definitive list, but still pretty impressive.
   62. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 23, 2014 at 05:09 PM (#4645272)
The linked story makes it seem like MLB is giving him an award. Actually it is the Baseball Assistance Team (which aids needy ex-players). I think that changes the issue somewhat, doesn't it?

It certainly makes me question why the Baseball Assistance Team is using its resources to honor multi-millionaire Bud Selig instead of assisting former players in need. Perhaps there is a way they come out ahead on the deal but it appears they are more interested in schmoozing than helping.
   63. Brian Posted: January 23, 2014 at 05:24 PM (#4645291)
They have a dinner where there are around 1000 people paying a fortune to attend. They highlight the good works they've done, have a few speakers and give out some awards. Pretty standard charity dinner fare. By schmoozing they are fundraising; it's part of the deal.
   64. Boogie Nights Powell Posted: January 23, 2014 at 07:57 PM (#4645385)
I heard that the dollar store ran out of Bud Selig play dolls.


Well, the Jerk Store called, and they're running out of Bud dolls too.
   65. Cuban X Senators Posted: January 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM (#4645531)
The real fun is in giving it to Bud every year.
   66. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: January 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4645536)
Surely they'll find room to give one to Wendy too. It's not a conflict of interest.

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