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Bud Selig’s contract extension approved

Jan 12, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

Commissioner of Baseball Selig gestures to the crowd after throwing out the opening pitch before the start of Game 5 of the MLB National League Divisional League Series baseball playoff in Milwaukee Reuters

As reported a couple of days ago, an executive council of baseball’s owners yesterday agreed to give Bud Selig a two-year contract extension.  It was unanimous, though later the Giants owners lodged a formal objection because they thought they were giving the 78-year-old Selig a two-year deal to play shortstop, not be the Commissioner.

I think it’s cute how they went through the process of making Selig leave the room while the matter was discussed in executive council and then went through the exercise of holding a vote.  As if Selig doesn’t have a little remote control that can control every single one of them. If someone dissented, I’m assuming that there is something akin to Order 66 Selig has at his disposal to deal with the situation.

Anyway, congrats to Bud Selig for keeping the gig.  He’s expected to be paid something like $44 million over the next two years. I know that times are tough, so hopefully that will enable him to retire at 80.

  1. adderalljack - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    What a slime-ball. He looks and treats fans like he’s a used-car salesman. Oh, wait.

  2. kopy - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Selig has one of those setups like Dr. Evil had in the Austin Powers movies where he can press any button to make a corresponding chair tip back and drop its occupier into lava.

  3. mikeyrivs23 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    I can’t even take this article seriously with that picture.

    • chadjones27 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      That glove looks ridiculous. I have an outfielder’s glove for my old man softball team and it’s not that oversized. Great photo!

      • Gardenhire's Cat - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        It’s a softball glove

      • kiwicricket - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        It’s not a glove. It’s dead loose skin.

  4. dasher521 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    There are some people that I don’t wish ill on, just that they would go away. Bud, go away!

  5. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Call me cynical, but I think we now understand why Bud treats the Mets’ financial issues so much differently than Dodgers. Two more year at $20 million per year! Then again I could be wrong it may just be that McCourt is a total slime ball.

  6. sleepyirv - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    I’m not sure why the owners think it’s a good idea to see Bud die in office. Not looking for a new commissioner now is just another blatant example of the short-sighted nature of those running baseball.

  7. yahmule - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    There is arguably no one in America worse at their job then Bud Selig. Fitting he should be paid 440 times the median family income over the next two years. Quite in line with the compensation going to the other white collar criminals running this country into ruin.

    • ptfu - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      Bud is great at his job. He’s the owners’ mouthpiece and doesn’t make tough, or any, decisions. He’s good at not rocking the boat, and has been well rewarded.

      Don’t blame Bud, blame the owners who keep hiring him.

      And don’t blame the well-paid “white collar criminals,” by which I presume you mean corporate bosses. They serve at the mercy of shareholders, who surely enjoy the returns on their investment. If you meant politicians, they’re answerable to the voters, who surely enjoy pork-barrel politics.

      • yahmule - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        Well recited, FOXbot.

    • dan1111 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Sure, I find Selig annoying, but bad at his job? I don’t think so. Major League Baseball is making money hand over fist. Business is booming, even though the overall economy stinks. All the other sports have had big labor disputes recently, but baseball has had labor peace since 1994 and looks to have it for the foreseeable future. Some very sticky situations with owners seem to have been navigated without harming the sport. Lots of cities have been convinced to cough up public money for ballparks.

      Remember, Selig works for the owners. He has done great by them, and he is getting rewarded with a big fat paycheck.

      • yahmule - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        Nobody is more responsible for the pack of cretins who spent the last two decades wiping their asses with the record books.

  8. mikeyrivs23 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    All geeky lab rats in the house raise both arms and look like you’re constipated…

  9. bennoj - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Another round of Bud Lite for everyone! Mmmmmmmmmm

  10. simon94022 - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Selig is terrible at PR (for example, the idiotic steroids issue that nobody cares much about in other team sports) and hopefully whoever succeeds Bud in 2037 will be better at that.

    But objectively, baseball has never had such an effective commissioner — Judge Landis included. 28 of 30 teams in new or renovated ballparks, attendance and revenues at all time highs, an unprecedented stretch of labor peace, the return of baseball to the nation’s capital, better playoff format, steadily improving scheduling format, MLB Advanced Media, etc.

    You can think the guy is a tool on a personal level, if you want. But the track record of success is hard to argue with.

  11. simon94022 - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Bud’s a little young to start for the Giants. But without Tejada or Cabrera on the roster this year they may be forced to promote Selig as part of a youth movement.

  12. bigharold - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    “Bud Selig’s contract extension approved”

    And in other news, .. the Sun rose this morning and water is still wet!

  13. mattjerr - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    I can’t wait until Theo cuts off Billy Beane’s arm with a light saber and Bud blasts Billy out of the skybox with force lightning.

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