Rodriguez surely is no Boy Scout. But does his behavior merit a suspension three or four times longer in duration than the next-closest player? Scapegoating in the name of establishing a lasting image of toughness won’t work.
Whatever one thinks of Selig, the identity of his successor is top secret. I (Evander) will float a few nominees of my own.
My first choice is Bill White. The negatives loom large: age (he will be eighty in 2014, same as Selig), a not-always-diplomatic temperament, and a likely unwillingness to accept the job if offered. To be the first African-American to hold the highest post in baseball, however, would crown an amazing career: player, broadcaster, league president, author.
A more likely choice and another former player with roots in the Players Association is Joe Torre. Following his days as a catcher and third baseman, Torre became an unsuccessful manager, a fine broadcaster, a successful manager, and an executive of MLB.
Torre is younger than White, but not in the prime of his post-playing career. What about another Joe—Girardi? Like Torre, Girardi was a catcher. He was a player rep and trained as an engineer with his mathematical mind. Girardi has won Manager of the Year kudos and knows how to liaise among players and officials.