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Hey guys, Bud Selig says he’s gonna retire after 2014

Aug 1, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

Bud Selig Reuters

I’ve been asked before why I often suggest that Bud Selig is disingenuous about things like, say, the fans’ appetite for instant replay, the status of the committee working feverishly on solving the Athletics/San Jose problem and the state of baseball’s finances and stuff.

At bottom, it’s a general credibility problem. Caused by stuff like this:

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig insists he will retire after the 2014 season when his contract ends … He said “nobody believes it” but he’ll be done in 2 years, despite sentiment he’ll stay until 2016 to pass Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the game’s longest-serving boss.

It’s his right to keep the job as long as his employers will have him. And, despite our dissatisfaction with the way he handles some things, I would argue that he has been an excellent commissioner overall. At least when measured by his performance at the job he was hired to do as opposed to do the job that fans like to fantasize the commissioner has.*

But really, this marks the 3,405,265th time Selig has claimed he will retire.  I wish him no ill will whatsoever when I say this — indeed, I intend it as a tribute to his effectiveness in the job, popularity within the game and his still-sharp skills and tenacity — but if I had to bet my 401K on any future development, “Bud Selig dying in office” would be high on the list of candidates.

*Really. It’s not the commissioner’s job to be some sage and noble George Washington figure. It’s his job to be a steward and promoter of the game who makes money for the owners (and indirectly the players) and keeps them from fighting with one another. But even with the job being that basic, so many have failed one way or another.  Fay Vincent was well-intentioned but feckless. Peter Ueberroth hatched a criminal conspiracy. Bart Giamatti, sadly, didn’t get a chance to really do anything. Bowie Kuhn was a retrograde defender of the reserve clause and helped sow nearly 30 years of labor strife.  It’s a low bar to hurdle when it comes to running baseball, but Selig has really cleared it by any measure.

  1. hcf95688 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    So, A’s fans can expect an answer sometime in 2015?

    • gloccamorra - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      The nomination has been sent to committee, where it will remain until the nominee takes the hint and withdraws his name. What part of the process don’t A’s fans understand?

  2. Utley's Hair - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Abner Doubleday is on the clock.

  3. Ben - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Ding dong the wicked witch is retiring just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  4. bigleagues - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM


    I have no illusions, there is no “Commissioner” of MLB in all reality. Selig is the CEO of MLB, Inc. and has a secondary, kind of celebratory title of “Commissioner”.

    The problem I have is that I don’t believe the two titles have interchangeable responsibilities. In fact, I believe they often conflict with one another.

    Imagine if the Black Sox scandal occurred today. Would Selig do everything in his power to root out that incident? Or, perhaps take a more indirect disingenuous route as he did with PED’s?

    And I agree, as a CEO he has done a very good job. But as Commissioner he is a joke. Can’t we just cast away the wool and stop playing pretend?

    • umrguy42 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      bigleagues – read the book “Burying the Black Sox” – you’ll see that Kennesaw Mountain Landis didn’t exactly root out ALL the corruption in baseball at the time either. In fact, a lot of other fixes and such that had gone on before, and in a few cases after, were mostly swept under the rug, with Landis and the owners settling for a high profile action in this one case, and hoping it shut the fans up…

      • bigleagues - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        Selig has unprecedented power to run and lead MLB.

        I believe major league pro sports need commissioners who are independent of league corporate offices.

  5. farvefromover - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Selig can go fornicate himself with an iron stick.

  6. stex52 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I could probably get together a sizable group from Houston and Oakland (maybe Montreal, too). We would get a rope and retire him from the nearest tall tree.

  7. cur68 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I believe Mr. Calcaterra the precedent set when you make predictions is to threaten to “eat your hat” if you are wrong. So…Selig dies in office or hat eaten, right?

  8. gotampabay52 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    This can’t happen so enough. Be a Great day for MLB

  9. APBA Guy - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Friend of Bud and Oakland A’s Managing GP Lew Wolff was on for an inning last night. Despite the 3 years and counting debacle of the stadium non-committee, Lew and majority owner John Fisher have seen the value of the A’s franchise grow substantially while making a small profit thanks to revenue sharing. There was a lot of hokum and nonsense about why the A’s did nothing at the deadline (“the team has earned the chance to see this thing through” and “we wouldn’t know who to subtract if we added someone in.” Really?).

    But the bottom line really is in the first sentence. The value of the franchise has gone up. Bud’s Brand has been very, very good for baseball owners.

  10. boiler90 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    How about crow? Yeah, I’d pay to see that.

  11. vallewho - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    So he might stick around until he passes Landis? I don’t know why, but this made me think of “Joe Pa”. Well, I do know. Maybe the part where he told Congress and everyone else that he didn’t know baseball players were juicing.

  12. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    He’s just saying this because he knows how upset it will make us when he “changes his mind”, because we all know the only thing that makes Selig more happy than denying reality is making baseball fans miserable. And when he claims he’ll be staying on for another couple years because the game needs him, he’ll be killing two birds with one stone.

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      He’ll probably do it with an announcement with instant replay coming mid season 2015, and then on April 1st 2015 we’ll all realize it was one big, cruel joke.

  13. southpaw2k - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Hey, look! It’s The Bud Who Cried Wolf!

  14. card0109 - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    “But really, this marks the 3,405,265th time Selig has claimed he will retire.”

    Bud Selig. Baseball’s version of Brett Farve?

    • zzalapski - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      If that were true, Bud would’ve retired a few years ago, only to return a year later as the NFL commissioner saying he had the “itch” to run a league again and that he always wanted to be involved with the NFL.

      Then he would’ve sent a female reporter a text message that had —

      You know what, I think I’ll stop there.

  15. keithbangedyermom - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    He’ll retire when he dies, no sooner.

  16. CJ - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    …and in 2014 when 50,000 people attend the all star festivities, that’ll be the reason he cites when announcing his decision to stay through the next decade.

  17. bennoj - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    By 2014 the programmers at MLBAM will have completed their real purpose — the transference of Bud Light into V-Bud, the first virtual commissioner of baseball. Then they just have to hope no one loses the 512MB flash drive he lives on.

    • CJ - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      wait? His ego fits on a 512MB flashdrive? Even if ego.exe is zipped, I don’t think it’ll fit on there.

      Or do you mean his intelligence? That can fit on a floppy drive, which is probably better compatible with the technology level used in MLB offices presently, given their mentality.

  18. dowhatifeellike - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I have no preconceptions about when he’ll retire, I just expect to see an instant replay announcement the next day.

  19. drewsylvania - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Goodbye, asshole!

  20. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    I imagine Bud Selig responding to a question about expanding the use of instant reply by sticking his fingers in his ears and yelling “La La La…can’t hear you, can’t hear you, La La La, can’t hear you! CAN”T HEAR YOU!!!!”

  21. scratchnsniffnblog - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I believe his statement. Of course, I also believe Bud thinks it is currently 1952.

  22. alexandercartwright - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Instead of posting a useless post to air out your hate of Bud Craig, how about do some real writing & look into who will be legit successor or has MLBTRADERUMORS not written a post for you to copy & paste

    • stex52 - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Alert! I am about to make a SHOCKING prediction! The next commissioner will be A TOOL OF THE OWNERS!! Identity is pretty immaterial. But maybe he will be a less annoying person.

  23. thatyankeedude - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Pete Rose!!!!

  24. daisycutter1 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Let’s all chip in to pay someone to set his watches, phones and computers to 2014.

    That’s assuming he uses technology…if his feelings about instant replay are any indication, he’s still writing with a quill & ink.

  25. tcostant - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Maybe Selig can get to jump starting the MASN settlement before he hang it up?

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