An irritated Ben Schwartz instructs the rest of us to check out Nicholas Thompson’s “A Baseball Hero, Really.” in Thursday’s Slate, which writes Ben, “argues that he’s not weak, just aggressively stupid.”

“Mistaken as Selig’s decisions may have been, however, they didn’t derive from weakness. Canceling the World Series and bringing in scabs may have been bad moves, but they were gutsy. So was threatening to shrink the number of teams in the sport and calling off the meaningless All-Star Game. Selig may look like a chump, but he always swings hard.”

Sure thing. As if Selig showed much in the way of leadership when the Expos situation dragged on and on. Would the newly proposed drug policy have come about had Bud’s hand not been forced by Congress and Jose Canseco’s crude best seller?