Selig to Step down in 16 months 9/27/13
NEW YORK (AP) - Bud Selig (SEE'-lihg) reluctantly took over as acting commissioner of Major League Baseball in September 1992 and was formally elected to the post six years later. Selig has announced on Thursday that he will retire in January 2015, ending the second-longest run for any baseball commissioner.
Selig's tenure has been marked by great financial success and a few failures. He split each league in three divisions and added two wild cards to create more fan interest for the stretch run. The sport has enjoyed robust growth in attendance and revenue under Selig, who served as chairman of the executive council before that council overthrew Fay Vincent as commissioner. He also oversaw expansion into Arizona and Tampa Bay and the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington, although the Rays have yet to enjoy consistent success at the gate.
There was a players' strike early in Selig's tenure, a dispute that led to the cancellation of the 1994 postseason. There hasn't been a work stoppage since.
Selig also was in charge during the steroid era and the sport's subsequent attempts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs.
Selig will have been on the job more than 22 years at the time of his scheduled retirement. Only original commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis had a longer run, serving for 24 years until his death in 1944.
Selig worked himself into the majors by purchasing the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court in 1970 and moving the team to his native Milwaukee.