Selig deserves black eye this time

By now, the piling on of Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig is in full force for last night's drenched Game 5 World Series debacle that was suspended after 5 1/2 innings tied 2-2. And with good reason. Weather forecasts dictated that the game should never have been played. And once started and with conditions deteriorating rapidly, it should have been stopped long before the farce that the top of the sixth inning became.

In 1977, a deciding game of a playoff series between Philadelphia and Los Angeles was decided in a pouring rain as Tommy John went the distance and beat Steve Carlton, 4-1, with NL president Chub Feeney sitting under an umbrella. I was at that one and the only thing that mitigated the outrage in Philly was that the town was still in shock from a previous night's loss when the Dodgers came up with a stunning rally to take the heart out of Philadelphia.

It was only after last night's game that the world found out that Selig had the power to stop the action at any time and resume it from that point thus superseding the normal rules for game stoppages. That makes the decision to continue the game into the sixth, or even the fifth inning more bewildering.

The conditions were horrible for both sides and if Selig had pulled the plug earlier, the Phillies would still be faced with soldiering on without ace starter Cole Hamels but at least the consequences would have been the result of a rational decision.

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