MLB commissioner Bud Selig retiring in January 2015
September 26th, 2013
07:08 PM ET

MLB commissioner Bud Selig retiring in January 2015

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will retire when his current term ends January 24, 2015, Major League Baseball said Thursday.

Selig said that "it remains my great privilege to serve the game I have loved throughout my life."

"Baseball is the greatest game ever invented, and I look forward to continuing its extraordinary growth and addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term," he said in a statement.

Selig, 79, has been full-time commissioner since 1998 after six years as the interim boss. Before that, he owned the Milwaukee Brewers after moving the Seattle Pilots in 1970.

The game changed significantly during Selig's tenure as commissioner.

Interleague play was instituted, teams that exceeded a salary threshold were penalized and the money shared with other teams, and the postseason was revamped several times to include division series and the Wild Card playoff contest. Umpires can now also use instant replay to review certain plays.

MLB also grew. Two teams - the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Rays - joined. The Montreal Expos moved to Washington and became the Nationals. Other teams switched divisions and the Brewers changed leagues.

There were low points, too, including MLB canceling the World Series in 1994 after a players' strike, and a long investigation into the use of performing-enhancing drugs in baseball that culminated in a 2007 report that led to congressional hearings.

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  1. rupert

    He looks younger than 79. Maybe 67 or so.

    September 27, 2013 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lol rupert im sure he would be very pleased that you shaved those 12 years off. My dad always said after you hit 60 it really don't matter so much but he always looked quite pleased when anyone told him he looked younger so he war probably fibbed huh?

    September 27, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. rupert

    Fibbed? Naw

    September 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Cmon Bud...sell me a good Chevy huh?

    September 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |