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Report: Bud Selig to get a two-year extension

Jan 10, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

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Bill Madden hinted at this over the weekend — and of course, we always knew this –but Buster Olney is now reporting that Bud Selig is not going to retire at the end of 2012 as promised. Instead, he’s going to get a two-year extension to stay on as Commissioner.  The vote should happen this week at the owners’ meetings in Arizona.

Good for Bud. And for as much as he irks me on occasion, good for baseball.  You may not like a lot of how he rolls, but he has been a huge part of growing baseball’s popularity, bolstering its financial health and in helping bring in an unprecedented era of labor peace.

Now all that’s left is for the cloning and/or fitting him with cybernetic organs and limbs to begin and we will never have to look for another commissioner again.


  1. El Bravo - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Oh, so it’s okay for Commissioners to use PEDs but not players?

    • jasonc2300 - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      For all we know, Bud was replaced by a robot years ago. I mean, who’s to say that the BBWAA isn’t in the usual “pretend it doesn’t exist and hope it goes away” phase of its investigative reporting on the issue right now? I’d say it’ll be 2025 before we start hearing about “who implanted what cybernetic device and when,” followed quickly by “belated moral outrage” and “should we revoke his Hall of Fame status.”

      • Ari Collins - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        Bring on the robot umpires, then!

      • Old Gator - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        “For all we know, Bud was replaced by a robot years ago”

        Remember the telephone company executives from The President’s Analyst?

      • Ari Collins - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        Haha, TPC. Great movie!

      • stex52 - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Great movie, OG. One of my favorite comedies of the period. The greatest force for evil and destruction in the world is the phone company.

      • Old Gator - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Yeah, one of the great unsung classics – for all its post-sixties street smarts, a film that was twenty year ahead of its time.

        have you noticed that nobody likes the telephone company?

      • stex52 - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        You are right. I was over-cautious in my praise. The sensibilities expressed in that movie still appeal to me 45 years later.

      • Old Gator - Jan 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        It anticipated the Patriot Act, that’s for sure…remember the closing scene?

      • stex52 - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        Indeed. Much of the political thought (and satire) of the late sixties anticipated attitudes of today. Except, of course, it is now our generation that is the “oppressors.” Ironic, I suppose, but that might not be the right word for it..

        They also couldn’t anticipate how much easier technology would make it.

    • R.D. - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      OF COURSE! He’s NOT PLAYING!! SILLY!!!!!!!

      And he just put off ANY action regarding Pete Rose THAT much longer.

      Unless Rose dies first.

      And then again, death didn’t help Shoeless Joe.

  2. buffalomafia - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Bud Selig is the biggest phoney in baseball! This chooch new about every player taking PED’s & didnt say a word aboutvit because MLB was making millions of $$$$$$ & the fans where coming back to ballparks after the last strike!

    This bum should be fined & put in jail also! Why should players take fall for Selig!?

    Its like the baseball players were drug dealers who got caught & Bud Selig was the kingpin who never gets caught!

    • pmcenroe - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      …before anyone responds to this comment, I think the word you are looking for is hyperbole

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Hyperbole is the best thing ever!

  3. simplicitymadecomplex - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Just another reason why baseball is a near perfect microcosm of life or; ain’t that the truth.

  4. bigharold - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Two year extention?

    Let the caterwauling begin!

  5. jwbiii - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Zombie Bud.

  6. stex52 - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    The rest of you can be happy. Selig will have been stuffed and put on display in Cooperstown years before Houston fans get over the move to the AL.

  7. sdpaulson - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Clueless Bud rides yet again…….

  8. poontangible - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Get lost Bud… you’ve had your time. It’s past time for Bob Costas to take over.

    • paperlions - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Holy crap….talk about lesser of 2 evils, if the alternative is Costas….long live Bud. I prefer Bud’s bungling tectonic-plate-speed approach to that stumpy sanctimonious blowhard.

      • poontangible - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        Bob is not sanctimonious; he simply loves everything about the game (like the rest of us) and isn’t afraid to show it.

      • Kevin S. - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        Mention the word “steroids” anywhere in earshot of him and see what happens. There’s a lot about Costas I really enjoy, but on that subject PL’s right, he’s a sanctimonious windbag.

      • paperlions - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        You know…there is a lot of opinion I also like from Costas as well…it just seems like any time I see him on TV lately he is being asked to moralize (whether it is about baseball or football), and he has no problem stepping up to the plate and moralizing like hell while largely ignoring context and fact. I suppose it isn’t his fault that he is asked to opine on such issues so frequently, but he doesn’t have to bust out the extension ladder to climb up on his high horse every time.

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        He places the horse on a soap box first then gets out the ladder.

  9. Kyle - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Depressing but inevitable. Like most things!

  10. askabutcher - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Time for Bud to step down and let baseball get into OUR century. I think Greenie from Mike & Mike would be a good fit.

  11. Chipmaker - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Is there an option for a third year, which vests automatically if World Series ratings are high enough?

    I presume that the robot technology is from the Futurama universe, where ethanol powers the fuel cells. Every writer would be in favor of that.

    • Old Gator - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      How about if I just go out back and throw up in the bushes?

  12. joshftw - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    So at this point, he’s probably earned himself a fancy military uniform and the title “Commissioner For Life,” right?
    Or perhaps “El Commissionare?”

  13. anonyfan - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    We were hoping this day would never come, but here it is.

    That sour taste in your mouth could only mean that the ruthless, calculating, greedy used car salesman has broken his promise to retire after this season. Baseball fans have been sold yet another lemon by CEO SELIG!

    CEO SELIG, possessing unprecedented power, has presided over an industry during an unprecedented rate of growth – growth that has largely been achieved through enormous amounts of public dollars in tax subsidies, infrastructure improvements, taxes, surcharges, and public financing of stadium construction, while astronomically hiking prices at the gates, concessions and merchandise.

    Franchises worth less than $100mil just 25 years ago are now approach values of $1bil or more. These franchise values could not have been achieved without significant, if not excessive leveraging of public assets in the host communities.

    There is far more to dislike about MLB during CEO SELIG’s tenure as the so-called Commissioner of Baseball, far more than is necessary to go into at length at this juncture. Most of you know his various transgressions against the game.

    Thus, I am extending this invitation to for any and all to join #OpEjectBud

    And, if CEO Selig doesn’t leave, we will launch #OccupyMLB until Ownership convenes an emergency executive session then naming and installing CEO SELIG’s successor.

    That successor MUST be neutral and cannot hold any executive title or responsibilities within MLB, Inc. or related companies. The successor MUST retain all of the powers that CEO Selig possessed (except, obviously, the part about simultaneously being CEO of MLB, Inc and Commissioner of the sport. No conflict of interests, right? Nahhhhh.) and pledge to do the following:

    – End the integrity-averse policy of the ASG winner deciding Home Field Advantage for the Postseason.
    – Pledge in writing and certified by the POTUS that the number of play-off teams can NEVER exceed 1/3 of the total # of teams in MLB.
    – Make Umpiring Honorable again.
    – As Alyssa Milano gracefully exits her 30’s, we need a new superhot chronically single seductress to be the games #1 female fan. Find that girl. Use Alyssa as the barometer of perfection. She’s timeless.
    – Keep stadiums UNsafe. Some accidents are terrible tragedy and others are unintentional comedic genius.

    We are AnonyFans. We are Baseball. We never forgive. We never forget. Expect us Always.


  14. contraryguy - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Bud Selig is the Vladimir Putin of baseball.

    • Old Gator - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      More like the Prince Myshkin….

  15. bennoj - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM


    (On the other hand, 2 more years of Bud Lite jokes!!!!!!!)

  16. loge23 - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Does this mean we’re stuck with the Wilpons??

    • ikedavisnose - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      “sob sob” sad moment for the game of baseball

  17. simon94022 - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    A “neutral” commissioner sort of made sense in the days before the Players Association. It makes no sense at all now. The Commissioner is hired by the owners to be the CEO, just like all the other sports.

    And by comparison to the other 3 commissioners, Bud Selig has done a remarkable, excellent job.

    • bbk1000 - Jan 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Wrong, both in fact and opinion…..

  18. crisisjunky - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Maybe he doesn’t really exist at all…
    maybe we’ve all been watching a Woody Allen sequel all these years.

  19. mashoaf - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I thought the extension before this one was suppose to be his last. It was going to get us through the labor talks and then bud was suppose to step down. I guess he had other things on his mind of how to save the game. You never know what crazy ideas he’ll come up with. Maybe his next idea will be introducing shoulder pads to try and get ratings up and change the slogan to Slugfest.

  20. K. Harker - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Baseball will continue to lose out to football as America’s sport until this old, greedy a-hole retires. The central problem with baseball is that the same teams routinely make it to the playoffs, because the same teams have all the money. Baseball should be run the same way as football – everyone puts in, and everyone gets the same amount back. Then it really could be anyone in the playoffs. But he stubbornly refuses to even consider alternatives.

    Plus, I think he’s a really scummy human being, apart from his acts as commissioner.

    Just my opinion, but I think he’s bad for the game.

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