Time to reassess Bud Selig

After many years of blaming Bud Selig, Chuck Todd sees the commissioner in a new light. ESPN Illustration

Buster Olney is on vacation this week, so guest columnists are writing the lead of his column in his absence. So far, D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler wrote about MLBPA head Michael Weiner; Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle discussed what it's like to play for the A's; ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. discussed his love of baseball; and super-agent Scott Boras offered up his opinions regarding how to fix the draft and free agency. Today, NBC News reporter and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd and NBC "Meet the Press" host David Gregory take over.

In the world of politics, how successful elected officials first present themselves in their initial run for office is usually the perception that sticks with them for most of their career. Either they are a maverick/outsider who likes to make trouble for the establishment or they are an insider power climber who wants to be the establishment. How they first run and succeed or fail is how they are perceived for their career, and it’s hard to get reporters and observers such as myself to ever see them in a different light.

Sometimes it takes the death of a politician before perceptions actually change in the media and the public. Just look at Harry Truman or Ronald Reagan.

After years of criticizing the commissioner of baseball from the cheap seats, I’ve found myself praising Bud Selig and even acknowledging that he's good for the game. Let me repeat, Bud Selig has been good for baseball. It's a sentence I never thought I would ever write. And I bet I'm not alone.