Beck's Best: This Bud's Not For A-Rod

Commish considers punishing Yankees star

Bud Selig is considering suspending Alex Rodriguez.

Say what? Is he serious? What kind of message does this send to Clemens, McGuire and Bonds?

Yes, it's true. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is thinking about disciplining A-Rod because he came forward and told the truth. We think. It makes no sense at all.

First of all, Rodriguez admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003, when baseball had no steroid policy in place.

Second, instead of denial and outright defiance -- a tactic being used by Roger Clemens and others -- Rodriguez stepped up to the plate and faced the music. A-Rod admitted he was "young, naïve and stupid."

Selig should spend more time worrying about the future of the game than its tainted past.

Bud should applaud honesty over deception.

Bud should appreciate someone who is willing to take an incredible personal hit in the court of public opinion.

We will never be able to erase what happened in the past. Baseball will forever be tarnished.

But strong rules have been implemented to try and curb the drug culture in the sport. And perhaps there is a glimmer of hope that baseball will be clean -- or, cleaner, at least -- in the next decade.

So Bud, why go backwards and try to suspend a player who was only one part of an era which will forever be referred to as baseball's steroid era, a time where you and the rest of the baseball hierarchy turned a blind eye?

Punishing Alex Rodriguez makes no sense. He already has an asterisk on his game and his records. Isn't that enough?

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