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Bud Selig reportedly rejected an offer of a five-year contract extension

Apr 26, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York Reuters

Maybe it means he’s really serious about retiring this time. Maybe he’s holding out for a Pujols-deal. Heyman:

According to two ownership sources, Selig was actually offered a five-year extension when he signed the two-year deal a year ago, and without hesitation he took the two instead. When the term expires, he’ll be 80, and word is he figured that was a nice round number.

Selig wouldn’t comment about the decision to take the much shorter deal. But he was firm on the phone about the next one, the call to retire in 21 months.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’ll believe Selig is retired the day a new, permanent commissioner is hired and not a day before.

  1. number42is1 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    “When the term expires, he’ll be 80, and word is he figured that was a nice round number.”

    I swear i read that as “When he expires he will be 80″ and i was thinking, WOW Craig! Tell us how you really feel.

    • tuberippin - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      It might be worse that I read it as “when the term expires, he’ll be 80,” and my immediate reaction was “good, maybe he’ll die soon.”

  2. bennoj - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    By then MLBAM will have iBud ready for release.

    • aiede - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      But it won’t work if Real Bud is too nearby, or if he’s appearing on FOX.

      • malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        that’s a good one

  3. 13arod - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    what idoit offered him a contract

    • albertmn - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      His bosses, the owners. Like him or hate him, he makes money for the owners, and takes the heat so they don’t have to (except Loria). What’s not to love if you are the owners (his bosses)?

      And, to be honest, the commissioners of the other major US sports almost make Bud not look quite so bad.

      • kehnn13 - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Seriously, next to Goodell and Stern, 2 commissioners who often make it feel like their respective sports are their fiefdoms (and like sports commissioners don’t ever care about anything except the owners), I think Bud Selig has done a pretty good job.

      • forsch31 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        Just ask a hockey fan about Gary Bettman. Be prepared for colorful language.

  4. historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Yea, Bud likes roundy numbers!

    • apmn - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Bud likes roidy numbers.

  5. Shafer's Dealer - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    We would all be lucky to have a great head of hair like that at his age…

    • apmn - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Do you think they will display it in the Hall of Fame when he dies, or will he be buried with it?

  6. aiede - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    The terrible thing is that he’s probably the least-horrific commissioner of any of the four major sports at the moment. Most of his atrocities are years in the past.

    NFL: Concussions, replacement refs, 2011 lockout, arbitrary justice (Bountygate), etc.

    NBA: 2011 lockout, screwing Seattle out of a team, Paul/Odom/Gasol veto, dress code, etc.

    NHL: Gary Bettman. Period.

    • malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      In the past? Like holding up the sale of the Houston Astros, unless they would agree to move to the AL? or the playin WC game? And now the constant interleague games?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        Hold it, I’m using my team’s challenge as the replay will clearly show that was a bad call. Oh, wait, we can’t yet. Thanks Bud.

    • kollin7 - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Was thinking about this actually. I’ve disagreed with Selig before, but he has done some pretty good things in his time as well. And considering the other major sports’ commissioners, we should be happy to have had him.

  7. thebadguyswon - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Selig will never retire. His ego won’t allow it.

  8. jtpercell - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Will he be testing free agency or is he still arbitration eligible?

  9. thestatsishere - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I just want Selig to die and go away. Or just go away. He’s terrible for baseball and has been terrible for baseball!

    • malbrecht4 - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Amen
      What’s really sad is there is a statue of this joker outside Miller Park, in close proximity to the Hank Aaron statue.

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      This comment will be considered motive if he ever dies of suspicious causes.

  10. cackalackyank - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    He turned it down because he’s holding out for 10 years!

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Ahh, a Boras client.

  11. billybawl - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I think he realized that at 80 he won’t have much time to spend the tens of millions he’s made from the game. No point in earning more.

  12. rcali - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Thankfully. Please Go Away Bud so baseball can enter the 21st century.

  13. genericcommenter - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I still don’t understand how he was allowed to be Commissioner in the first place.

  14. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    it will be a wonderful day when he steps down, easily the worst comish in the history of the game. Modern era of course

  15. jcmeyer10 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Turns out Selig is a Boras client, and he is looking for a six year deal. If he doesn’t get that, rumor has it the NHL will be looking for a new comissioner soon.

  16. phillyfrank - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    So why is there a picture of Stephen Hawking?

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