Sport Illustrated is advocating Nolan Ryan for commissioner. You know, I remember when SI was great. There was The Wide World of Sports on TV, which brought into your living room just what its name advertised, and there was its magazine counterpart, SI. That was around 1976.
SI is so marginalized now that they think that Mr. Ryan Goes to the Commissioner's Office a la Frank Capra would solve all of baseball's problems. The commissioner is no longer some moral paragon doling out virtue on high (as if he ever was). He is more the CEO of a multinational, a deal maker, a consensus achiever. He is also an employee of the owners. Why would they hire a former player who knows nothing whatsoever about the inner workings of baseball as a business?
If this is the quality of the reporting covering the labor talks, no wonder the public is so mis- (or dis-)informed.