Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig To Retire After Next Season

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will retire after the 2014 season, which runs through Jan. 24, 2015, Major League Baseball said on Thursday.

Selig had wanted to retire a few times before, but had been rebuffed by the owners.

Bleacher Report sums up Selig’s tenure:

“Selig’s tenure as commissioner has been an interesting one, as the landscape of baseball has changed constantly. The performance-enhancing drugs era ballooned under Selig’s watch, but he has taken huge steps toward curtailing the issue in recent years, with the MLB now boasting what is arguably the most stringent PED policy in professional sports.

“He also instituted the wild card in 1994, and while there was initially some resistance from purists, it has become an accepted part of the game. Selig even added one wild card in each league last year, and time will tell if that is ultimately as successful as the initial advent.

“In addition to the wild card, Selig pushed through interleague play in 1997. That was yet another decision that was initially met with criticism, but it helped create new rivalries and provided fans with matchups that they had never seen before.”

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