Thursday, September 26, 2013

9-27-13 selig retiring

UNDATED (AP) — Commissioner Bud Selig has announced that he will retire in January 2015 ending a 22-year career in the job. The 79-year-old has repeatedly said since 2003 that his retirement was imminent. Selig said he will soon announce a transition plan that will include a reorganization of central baseball management.  Selig took over as acting commissioner on Sept. 9, 1992, in his role as chairman of the executive council. He repeatedly said he would not take the job full time but was formally elected commissioner July 9, 1998.  Selig's tenure included splitting each league into three divisions instead of two, adding wild cards and additional rounds of playoffs, expansion to Arizona and Tampa Bay and instituting instant replay among other initiatives.  Selig bought the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court in 1970 and moved the team to Milwaukee. He was part of the group that forced the resignation of former commissioner Fay Vincent.

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