New York, NY (Sports Network) - Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig
is reportedly set to announce his retirement, effective after the 2014 season.
According to various reports, including Fox Sports and Yahoo! Sports, Selig
will finally make it official on Thursday and will call it quits once his
contract ends in January 2015.
Selig, in charge of the commissioner's office since 1992, had previously
stated his intentions to retire on other occasions. He considered retiring in
2006, then agreed to a three-year extension after speculation grew that he
would leave the post in 2008.
Another contract extension came in January 2012, at which time Selig said he
intended to retire after the deal expired in 2014. It now appears as though he
will do just that.
The 79-year-old Selig first took the commissioner's role on an acting basis in
September 1992 when Fay Vincent resigned, then took the full-time title in
Under Selig, baseball split the American and National League into three
divisions each with a wild card for expanded playoffs, implemented interleague
play, added a second wild card and also introduced instant replay.
Performance-enhancing drug scandals also became prevalent under Selig's watch,
although -- thanks in part to Congress -- he has helped author one of the most
stringent drug policies in sports.
Before taking over in the commissioner's office, Selig, or members of his
family, owned the Milwaukee Brewers from 1970 through 2005.
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