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Landis left no doubt as to who ran the game. Selig is trying to do the same thing.

Impose suspensions so harsh, so wide-ranging that no sane player would consider doping. Then Selig can retire in 2015 as the man who rid baseball of PEDs, much as Landis did with gambling connections. Otherwise, Selig carries the mark of the man under whom the drugs flourished and propelled the game’s record-breaking resurgence.

That’s why MLB launched an all-out attack on Biogenesis, using a questionable civil lawsuit in Florida to force the company’s founder, Tony Bosch, to cooperate or face unending, ruinous litigation. That’s why threats swirl of adding Alex Rodriguez to the permanently ineligible list, baseball’s death penalty, despite having never failed a drug test.

But this isn’t about Rodriguez. Oh, he’ll be the headline. The big name. The one Selig will wag his finger about while trotting out well-worn phrases about the integrity of the game. But Rodriguez is 38 years old, owner of a worn-down body after underwent hip surgery in January and broken-down reputation.

He’s an easy target for Selig, someone Seattle supporters threw thousands of fake dollar bills toward in his return to Safeco Field after he departed the Mariners for $252 million from the Rangers. Someone who admitted PED use from 2001 to 2003. Someone owning a bloated contract through 2017. There’s little sympathy and less room for doubt.

But Rodriguez, really, is only a symptom of the culture that thrived under Selig.

And so the commissioner will soon scowl and suspend. But this is about Selig. His game. His legacy.