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Report: Selig to retire after 2012

Nov 28, 2009, 9:14 AM EDT

He has presided over realignment,
revenue sharing, continued expansion, changes to the All-Star game,
instant replay, Interleague play, the Wild Card, the World Baseball
Classic, unprecedented labor peace, and of course, steroids and the
Mitchell Report, among other things. Not bad for someone who wore the
title of acting commissioner from 1992 to 1996.

But according to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, Bud Selig will step aside as commissioner after his current contract expires following the 2012 season. Appropriately enough, the next labor agreement expires in December of 2011.

The decision doesn’t come as much of
a surprise if you remember that Selig announced his plans to retire
once before, only to have his contract extended for three more years.
However the 75-year-old Selig still has other plans outside baseball
that he’d like to pursue, namely writing a book and, yes, teaching history.

Rogers speculates on some potential
replacements for the top spot, ranging from top lieutenants Bob DuPuy
and Rob Manfred to popular executives like Andy MacPhail of the
Orioles. MacPhail is the son of former American League President Lee
MacPhail and the grandson of Larry MacPhail, who served as chief
executive to the Reds, Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers. Both are in the
Hall of Fame. MacPhail is held in high regard among major league owners.

For someone in their late-20s, it’s
almost hard to remember baseball without Selig as its commissioner. For
all the grief he’s taken, and many times rightfully so, Selig has
introduced radical and sweeping changes to our game. Some went along
kicking and screaming at the time, but it’s difficult to argue that we
aren’t better off with realignment and the expanded playoffs that along came
with it.

This isn’t to say that the game is perfect. Some (including
Mike Scioscia) would like the playoffs to move at a more natural pace
and I’m sure it will happen. Revenue sharing has flaws of its own that must be addressed in the coming seasons. To his credit, I’ve found Selig to be a reasoned and
prudent steward of the game, and I expect nothing less until his
contract expires. That said, I look forward to seeing how the next commissioner can build upon Selig’s accomplishments.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 28, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    The horror. The horror.
    And again, the horror.

  2. John D - Nov 29, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Ditto…we need a MAN as comissioner.
    …and by the way…Pete Rose should be allowed back in baseball, and in the Hall of Fame…I am not endorsing what he did…what he did was wrong, there should be no betting at all…but he did NOT bet against his team, he bet FOR his team…there is a big difference from an integrity standpoint. It is still wrong, but taking performance enhancing drugs is much worse from an integrity standpoint. Bud Selig let this go on…he only did something when CONGRESS forced the issue, otherwise the home run title would be about 85 HRs for a season by now. I did not see Bud or any other ‘righteous’ clamoring against Big Mac or Sosa or Bonds when IT WAS KNOWN what they were doing was unethical.
    Pete Rose is a man who played his heart out for his entire career. Yes, he made a big mistake, but who has not (including many in the Hall of Fame)? We need to think HARD about forgiving the man who did so much good for Baseball.

  3. John D - Nov 29, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Totally agree. Also, look at DB’s comment on “Lyle Alzadeo, who spent his last years talking about how steroids destroyed his body, died in 1992!!!”….why didn’t Bud do anything to stop it in Baseball…it is Selig’s INACTION on the Steroid issue that has harmed Baseball…one could agrue that that inaction is an INTEGRITY issue. Why was there inaction? One word – GREED. The same reason there is no SALARY CAP in Baseball (the only major sport in America with this dubious distinction). Is Bud being questioned on integrity? If not, why not?
    Can you say every team has ANY (forgot about equal) chance of making the playoffs? Do KC or Pittsburgh or Cleveland have the same (or any) chance as the Red Sox or Yankees or Angels or Phillies … do they have ANY chance? … is there an underlying reason why every good player on the KC, Pitt and Cleveland teams will ultimately be traded a year before they become free agents?…and how much does it now cost a Dad to bring his son to a MLB game?
    As a BASEBALL fan, I really hope Joe Mauer stays with the TWINS, although I cannot blame him if he signs with the Red Sox or Yans for more money than the Twins can afford to pay him. I blame the man who let this scenario evolve (where the rich teams get all the superstars) and did nothing to prevent the unlevel playing field among teams. The Luxury Tax may have been a step in the right direction, but tell me why he did not stand up to the Players Union and demand a Salary Cap…if he had that Dad and his son in mind, instead of $$$, he would have….but he did not….very unethical.

  4. John D - Nov 29, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    au contraire…he SHOULD…Pete’s gambling problem was a medical condition just as Mickey Mantle’s alcoholism was. Last time I looked, The Mick was still in the Hall of Fame, as he deserves to be….and so should ‘Charlie Hustle’.

  5. john d - Nov 29, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Does this mean we will be replacing ‘baseball caps’ with ’10 gallon hats’?…but it may not be all that bad … maybe he will speed up the game by letting the relief pitchers ride in on a horse from the bullpen…YeeHaw!

  6. WOW - Nov 29, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Reggie? Are you STUPID? Reggie was doing steroids in the 1960’s and 1970’s? Are you stupid?

  7. Spice - Nov 29, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    There is a specific rule in baseball that prohibits betting on the game. There is also a specific rule in the HOF that prohibits anyone banned from baseball from inclusion in the HOF.
    Again, if you are not smart enough to understand how betting on a game is worse than substance abuse I can not help you. If you can not understand how doctoring a baseball is not the same as betting on a game I can not help you.
    While you condemn Selig and praise Landis you conveniently forget that it was gambling that forced baseball to create the commissioners office to begin with. Landis banned the players in the Black Sox scandal even though they had been acquitted in a court of law. A gutsy move and one that he should be praised for.
    Landis would have banned Rose. Any commissioner would have and should have banned him and no commissioner should overturn the ban without an honest expression of regret on the part of Rose as opposed to his efforts to sell books.
    This stupid desire to point and say HE MUST HAVE DONE STEROIDS even though the player played well before steroids are believed to have entered the game, even though that player started his career before steroids entered even the body building world is inane and speaks to the ignorance of the person making the statement.

  8. Old Gator - Nov 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Oh, so now we can’t identify previous steroid users? I would like to have tested Babe Ruth’s urine. I bet he was taking steroids too. Sixty home runs? Give me a break. I bet you that Gherig’s ALS, Campanella’s paralysis and Ryne Duren’s liver failure were all cover ups for steroids!
    And as far as your being “unable to help” those who equate steroid use with betting, I can’t seem to find any instances of them asking for it in the first place. Point is, there are more ways than one to damage the integrity of a sport (or an individual, or a group of individuals), and more ways than one to wink at the damage. I think your point is that betting is a more destructive behavior because it strikes at the heart of the question of “who won,” which, if it cannot be answered fairly, makes the entire contest pointless to watch. I don’t disagree. But when you have games being decided by chemical augmentation – when some former 98-pound weakling crushes a grand slam in the ninth inning while his biceps are bulging with cybernetic enhancement, off some guy who had the simple integrity to match no more than his will, natural conditioning and native strength against the batter’s teratogenic arms, how much different, really, is that in terms of whether the game was won fairly or not? If there’s a difference, it’s merely a difference in degree.

  9. Edward Lugo - Nov 29, 2009 at 11:12 PM

    Baseball’s rule on gambling specifically says that anyone who bets on a game in which the better has a duty to perform will be banned for life. Regardless if Rose bet on his own team (which I don’t believe for moment), he had a duty to perform. Rose violated the rule so he should never be allowed in the HOF. Although he belongs in the HOF based on his stats, he does not deserve it because he bet on the game.

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