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Hmmm. Maybe Bud Selig is retiring next year after all

Oct 19, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

Bud Selig Reuters

Bud Selig has said he plans to retire after the 2012 season. Most people don’t believe he will. They believe that some emergency or some groundswell of support from the owners or the simple fact that there isn’t an obvious successor will cause him to extend his time in a job that (a) he truly seems to love; and (b) everyone who has a say in the matter loves him to be in.

But maybe he is retiring. Or at least moving MLB headquarters to the History Department of the University of Wisconsin, because they have a whole office set up for him with furniture and TVs and everything. There’s a nice story about it complete with pics and stuff here. It’s actually a sweet little setup and — for a guy who has been able to have minor leaguers killed at his command and who has been fed the finest meats and cheeses by the fairest maidens in the land for the past 18 years — the digs are fairly modest.

He plans to write his memoirs and help the nearby Wisconsin Historical Society archive his papers. He has endowed a history chair for someone there too because Bud loves history.  People in the department seem to like him a lot and call him “kind of fun.”

Will Bud really go gentle into that good night?  Watch the Madison office sublease listings on Craigslist next year to be sure.

  1. El Bravo - Oct 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Two things: one, I literally laughed out loud reading this, and two, given that Bud loves history, how is it that he doesn’t know the basic origin of baseball?

    • bennoj - Oct 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      I used to know a guy who loved to read about the Napoleonic Wars, devoured every bit of history on that era that he could.

      He also believed that Bishop Ussher was right and God created the world in 4004 BC, and that dinosaur bones were put in the ground by God to test our faith.

      The human brain is an interesting place….

    • natstowngreg - Oct 19, 2011 at 6:54 PM

      One of the Commissioner’s responsibilities is to maintain the Abner Doubleday myth. It’s probably in Bud’s contract.

  2. Kyle - Oct 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    I couldn’t help but notice that you can purchase the photo from the article:

    Nameplate with what looks like the Diamondbacks logo? All those loose wires everywhere? I’m in for the 16×20 Mahogany Wood Frame Cream Mat option, priced at a totally reasonable $99.95. How about you guys?

  3. meteor32 - Oct 19, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Even more reason to hate the Badgers.

  4. joeflaccosunibrow - Oct 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Andy McPhail leaves the Orioles and will become “Special Assistant” to Bud. After next year, commish. Bank it!

  5. dlevalley - Oct 19, 2011 at 7:12 PM


  6. leftywildcat - Oct 19, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Maybe Joe Torre? He already works in the commissioner’s office, doing nothing about bad umpiring.

    Dark horse: HOF pitcher and retired U.S. Senator Jim Bunning.

    • jwbiii - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      Sen. Bunning seems to have gone ’round the bend, if you get my drift. I don’t think Torre’s career as an author has made him many friends among baseball’s owners.

  7. bigleagues - Oct 19, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    If he doesn’t go . . . Occupy MLB Offices.

  8. frankvzappa - Oct 20, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    It’s a celebration, bitches.

  9. brucewaynewins - Oct 20, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    What’s up with the Arizona Diamond back’s logo on his nameplate?

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