Selig to announce end of tenure as MLB commissioner
The Milwaukee-based commissioner of Major League Baseball is ending his role in 14 months.
Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt, a contributor to 620WTMJ's "Brewers 360", initially reported this:
Commissioner Bud Selig is going to announce that he will leave office after his current term expires in January 2015. Details coming.— Tom (@Haudricourt) September 26, 2013
Major League Baseball followed up later on Thursday:
Commissioner Selig formally announced today that he will retire upon completion of his current term, which runs through January 24, 2015.— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) September 26, 2013
He sent a statement through MLB's PR, saying:
“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.
“I am grateful to the owners throughout Major League Baseball for their unwavering support and for allowing me to lead this great institution. I thank our players, who give me unlimited enthusiasm about the future of our game. Together we have taken this sport to new heights and have positioned our national pastime to thrive for generations to come. Most of all, I would like to thank our fans, who are the heart and soul of our game.”
Selig helped bring MLB back to Milwaukee in 1970 by buying the Seattle Pilots.
He gave up ownership of the Brewers when he was chosen the full-time permanent commissioner of MLB, but his daughter Wendy Selig-Prieb owned the team until selling to the group headed by Mark Attanasio.
Owners had talked Selig into taking two previous extensions when he said he was leaving. This time, he stood firm. He will be 80 next year.— Tom (@Haudricourt) September 26, 2013
One big reason owners didn't want Selig to leave: Under his guidance MLB has gone from $1.2 billion industry to $8.5 billion.— Tom (@Haudricourt) September 26, 2013