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|Posted: Thu Sep 26th, 2013 08:21 pm||
|Wow - didn't see this coming at all.
The end of the line is near for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
The 79-year-old Selig formally announced his retirement on Thursday, effective January 24, 2015.
“It remains my great privilege to serve the game I have loved throughout my life," Selig said in a statement Thursday. "Baseball is the greatest game ever invented, and I look forward to continuing its extraordinary growth and addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term."
Selig was named acting Commissioner in 1992 after helping oust his predecessor - Fay Vincent - through a no-confidence vote. He took on the role full time in 1998.
Prior to serving as Commissioner, Selig had served for 22 years as owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. He purchased the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1970 after the franchise's disappointing debut season and moved them to Milwaukee, who had been without professional baseball since the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966.
Under Selig's watch the League has undergone a few major changes, including the 1994 players' strike, the creation of interleague play, an expanded playoff format, changes to the importance of the All-Star Game, the awarding of two expansion fracnhises in Tampa Bay and Phoenix (Arizona) as well as the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington D.C.
However, Selig also served as Commissioner under one of the League's most controversial eras, with steroid use coming to prominence under his watch. Selig would, however, make changes to the League's anti-drug and suspension policies in attempts to minimize the use of performance-enhancing drugs and to impose harsher penalties on those caught using them.
Selig is the ninth person to hold the Commissioner's office since it was established in 1920. Kenesaw Mountain Landis was named MLB's first Commissioner in the aftermath of the 1919 "Black Sox" World Series scandal that saw eight players - including Joe Jackson - banned for life for fixing the outcome.
He is the second-longest-serving Commissioner in the history of the office, trailing only Landis' 24 years of service.