Reports emerging this afternoon suggest that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will announce his resignation from the organization today. According to the rumors Bud Selig will stay in charge at the MLB for at least another year. His retirement is expected to become official in January 2015.
Bud Selig has been the commissioner of the MLB for more than twenty years. He first took the post in 1992 as acting commissioner in 1998. Bud Selig is credited with a great many innovations in baseball, particularly those that turned the sport into a financially vibrant one while he reigned at the head of the sport. Bud Selig also founded the Milwaukee Brewers after buying the Seattle Pilots and moving the team.
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Commissioner Bud Selig’s Reign
Bud Selig’s time as commissioner has not all been associated with success and support. He has presided over one of the most controversial periods in the history of the sport as case after case associating star players with performance enhancing drugs continue to crop up. Bud Selig has been criticized for his less than active approach to resolving the problems.
Bud Selig has been a controversial figure through most of the drug conflict, but his performance in turning Major League Baseball into a vibrant and independent part of American life cannot be disputed. There has not been a major player strike since he took his place at the head of the league.
MLB’s next Commissioner
There has been no news of who might take Bud Selig’s place at the head of the MLB when he leaves the sport in 2015, and succession has been fairly complicated in the past. There was no Commissioner from 1992 until 1998. During that period Bud Selig acted as de facto commissioner. A coup by owners, including Bud Selig, ousted his predecessor Fay Vincent.