Bud Selig

Bud Selig
Bud Selig on October 31, 2010.jpg
Selig in October 2010
Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball
Assumed office
January 25, 2015
Preceded byPosition created
9th Commissioner of Baseball
In office
July 9, 1998 – January 25, 2015
Acting: September 7, 1992 – July 9, 1998
Preceded byFay Vincent
Succeeded byRob Manfred
Personal details
Born
Allan Huber Selig

(1934-07-30) July 30, 1934 (age 87)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Donna Chaimson
(m. 1956; div. 1976)

Suzanne Lappin Steinman
(m. 1977)
[1]
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison (B.A.)

Baseball career
Member of the National
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Induction2017
Vote93.7%
Election methodToday's Game Committee[2]

Allan Huber "Bud" Selig[3][4][5] (/ˈslɪɡ/; born July 30, 1934) is an American baseball executive who currently serves as the Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball. Previously, he served as the ninth Commissioner of Baseball. He initially served as the acting commissioner beginning in 1992 before being named the official commissioner in 1998.[6] Selig oversaw baseball through the 1994 strike, the introduction of the wild card, interleague play, and the merging of the National and American Leagues under the Office of the Commissioner. He was instrumental in organizing the World Baseball Classic in 2006.[6] Selig also introduced revenue sharing.[7] He is credited for the financial turnaround of baseball during his tenure with a 400 percent increase in the revenue of MLB and annual record breaking attendance.[6]

During Selig's term of service, the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs became a public issue. The Mitchell Report, commissioned by Selig, concluded that the MLB commissioners, club officials, the Players Association, and the players all share "to some extent in the responsibility for the steroid era."[8] Following the release of the Mitchell Report, Congressman Cliff Stearns called publicly for Selig to step down as commissioner, citing his "glacial response" to the "growing stain on baseball."[6] Selig has pledged on numerous occasions to rid baseball of performance-enhancing drugs, and has overseen and instituted many rule changes and penalties to that end.[9][failed verification]

A Milwaukee native, Selig was previously the owner and team president of the Milwaukee Brewers. The franchise, originally known as the Seattle Pilots, was acquired by Selig in bankruptcy court in 1970, and renamed after the minor league team of the same name that he had watched in his youth and had existed until the arrival of the Braves in Milwaukee in 1953. Selig was credited with keeping baseball in Milwaukee. The Brewers went to the 1982 World Series (but were defeated in seven games by the St. Louis Cardinals), and Selig won seven Organization of the Year awards during his tenure. Selig remains a resident of Milwaukee.

On January 17, 2008, Selig's contract was extended through 2012, after which he planned to retire,[10] but he then decided to stay as commissioner until the end of the 2014 season, a move approved by the owners on January 12, 2012,[11] which would take his leadership past his 80th birthday. Selig made $14.5 million in the 12-month period ending October 31, 2005.[6] Selig announced on September 26, 2013, that he would retire in January 2015.[12] On January 22, 2015, MLB announced that Selig would formally step down from the office when his current term expired on January 24, 2015.[13][14] He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.

  1. ^ "Bud Selig – Chronology". jrank.org. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  2. ^ "John Schuerholz, Bud Selig Elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame by Today's Game Committee" (Press release). National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. December 4, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Posnanski, Joe (October 29, 2008). "In appreciation of Bud Selig". Time. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
  4. ^ Bodley, Hal (March 27, 2007). "Selig: Creature of habit, agent of change". USA Today. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
  5. ^ Microsoft Corporation (2008). "Bud Selig". Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2008. Microsoft Corporation. Archived from the original on October 31, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c d e Bagnato, Andrew (January 18, 2008). "Selig Given 3-Year Contract Extension". SFGate. Archived from the original on May 21, 2009. Retrieved October 17, 2009.
  7. ^ "Selig emerges as the best of all of baseball's bosses". Usatoday.com. August 20, 2004. Retrieved October 17, 2009.
  8. ^ "Mitchell Report" (PDF). pp. 310–311. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  9. ^ Schulman, Henry (December 15, 2007). "Selig unlikely to penalize Giants execs Assigning blame could be difficult". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 17, 2009.
  10. ^ Barry M. Bloom. "The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Major League Baseball News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved October 17, 2009.
  11. ^ Bloom, Barry (January 12, 2012). "Selig's contract extended through 2014; Commissioner paved way for Interleague, Wild Cards, testing". MLB.com. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  12. ^ "MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to formally announce retirement". Baltimore News Journal. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  13. ^ "Selig will retire as Commissioner in January 2015". MLB.com. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  14. ^ "Bud Selig named Commissioner Emeritus, to make $6M pension". CBS Sports. Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2015.

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