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Bud Selig gets two-year contract extension

Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:58 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 4:19 pm
By Matt Snyder

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has received a two-year contract extension to remain in his current role.

Selig had previously said himself he would retire when his current contract expired -- which was set to be at the end of the 2012 season -- but evidently he's had a change of heart. This has happened at least twice before, when Selig said he would retire and ended up sticking around.

"I am very humbled by the request to stay on, and I look forward to building on the great momentum our game has seen in recent years," Selig said in a statement.

Allen H. "Bud" Selig, 77, took over as acting commissioner in 1992 and was then named full-time commissioner in 1998. He had previously been owner and team president of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Under Selig's watch, Major League Baseball has undergone significant changes. The wild card and newly realigned divisions came first.

Bud Selig's extension
Also, four expansion teams were introduced, interleague play was introduced, stiff penalties for performance-enhancing drug use have been implemented and limited use of instant replay is now used. Selig also started the World Baseball Classic and, of course, decided to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins the All-Star Game.

Moving forward, there are also further changes to the playoffs and the Astros will be moved to the American League.

Selig seems to be a rather polarizing figure among fans, so he'll continue to be that lightning rod for at least another two years. And at this point, it almost seems as though he'll be doing so for the rest of his life.

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:05 am

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Just say no to Bud and all his nonsense!

Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:07 am

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Unfortunately, under his tenure baseball has lost a lot of popularity to the NBA and NFL. Does a team that cannot get fans to show up for games(see Tampa Bay), when its a playoff team, count as a legit marketable product. I think he needs to short the season to 122 games and let every team but one in each division make the playoffs then we can play the last forty games as playoff games. Go Bud!

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:46 am

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

The only one worse than Selig is Gary Bettman!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:01 am

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Laughing Minus 20.Bud Selig must get a kickback from CBS as well Money mouth

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:58 am

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

I didn't know this pos made 22m$ a year.That's almost as much as Joe Mauer makes & since his best years are behind him, give the job to him.That's just because he's commish,a job that should pay no more than 5M$ & then only if he's a damned good one.I remember names like Larry King,George Mitchel,George Will,even Billy Crystal would have taken the job for a lot less than 22M$.They already have plenty of money & more importantly each of them have loved baseball since they were kids.Some may wonder how anyone can 'Love a sport.Lifelong baseball fans don't wonder that at all.Selig is obviously crooked as a bent nail & he probably makes double that counting his other "business" ventures.The players & owners must get kickbacks of some sort because I don't hear of any of them calling for a new commish.I'm sure Barry, Sammy & Mark thank their lucky stars Selig was the boss of bosses.In fact I wouldn't be shocked if he accepted bribes during the home run baseball played in the 90's when the virtually entire country was gaga over 60 to 73 Homers these players were hitting almost on a nightly basis & many baseball fans couldn't get enough of these big headed greedy cheaters.
On a side note if these players were hitting that many HR's, why wasn't Hack Wilsons RBI record broken?My guess is, it was a HR or bust-Damn the men on base.Pure greed.Ryan Braun has, or is about to prove steroids still have a stranglehold on OUR national passtime.Baseball players & owners are all rich beyond our wildest dreams.They should each pay-50-50 to have steroid tests before every single game-twice for a double header.Fail once-60 games, twice 1 season, & a third time-Lifetime ban.The owners should also pay a hefty fine for each failure.I'm afraid it's going to take these drastic measures to take OUR game back from the billionaires & millionaires & you can bet the MLPA would fight it in court.
I still love baseball, even though I suspended the entire sport from 1999 to 2006.After I missed my Red Sox win the WS, I had to come back.I'll leave you with 2 predictions:
1-We will witness the first billion $ contract within 20 years.I remember the first few 100K contracts & that was big news.Now,a very medocre player like Vernon Wells makes 32 million bucks(Last year). 
2-When Sammy Sosa retired he said he was going home & wait for the HOF to call.Sammy, if that phone aint ringing, you'll know it's them.The same goes for Barry,Mark,Roger, & others.I realise they are all so rich, they couldn't care less if they make the HOF or not.Well, I care & I know I'm not the only one.We owe it to the players who came before them & had to work a second job in the off-season just to make ends meet & practicly beg the owners for raise that would be a pittance to anyone else.Most were denied & told to play better ball before they even think about asking again..Todays players know little or nothing about baseball history & the worst part is, they are too busy making obsene money to give things like the Negro leagues a second thought.It's not easy to be a MLB fan today & I must admit I am happy to see one of these cheaters get a serious,career ending injury, with exceptions like Kirby Puckett.Heck, even Kendry Morales leap of faith to home plate still makes me smile.He may not have been involved in steroids, but he's part of Seligs machine & that's good enough for me.All the guy had to touch the plate & his agent would have done the rest.Now he can take turns with Trumbo shining Alberts shoes.I guess a little bit of justice is better than none.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:48 am

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Buster Olney tweeted it, so it's more assuredly a true report.
Olney is the John Clayton of MLB. Those guys get the inside dope before anyone else.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:43 am

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Do you guys know how much that dousche makes per year???  22 freakin mill, thats insane!!!
Wow.. that I didn't know.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:22 am

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Sad day for baseball. Selig should be banned for life, not extended as commish. He is responsible for the PED scandal, as they refused to introduced testing program for ages. Owners have more money thanks to new stadiums and TV deals so he'll probably stay forever.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:43 am

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

 Just when one begins to lose faith in one's fellow man, he emerges from his slumber to tell the world how very much he LOATHES Bud Selig. Once again, hope for a troubled world is restored.

Why Keith Olbermann REALLY sucks: He never ONCE made Bud Selig 'The Worst Person in the World'.

In the late 1980's, former Detroit Tigers owner and erstwhile founder of Domino's Pizza not only began a flirtation with Opus Dei Italo-Fascism that became a long slide into (what I term) 'Roman Catholic Episcopalianism', he also started to mess all over my beloved baseball team like a troop of chimpanzees on 'Kids Enter Free Day' at the Zoo. So I vowed never to watch or listen to another Tigers game until he sold the team. (It's the only tool we've got against a POS plutocrat. Well...the only one that won't get us a life sentence or the chair, anyway.) Along comes Mike Illitch, Monaghan's fellow pizza magnate who was once upon a time both a bona fide prospect and later the owner of a locally popular slow-pitch softball team named the Little Caesars. So, it seems safe for me to end my boycott. Enter Bud Selig and his inane stylings. Who can remember what outrage came first? Maybe it was the Marge Schott affair, in which she got off with a slap on the wrist when she and her dogs crapped all over her players, especially the black ones. Several years later, she commits a relatively trifling offense against what she continued to so quaintly refer to as the 'colored people' in her employ, but at the same time commits an equally trifling offense against those of her fellow owners who, like Bud Selig, happened to be Jewish. And America got the message loud and clear as to precisely whose oxen shan't be permitted to be gored. Courtesy of America's Pasttime's biggest mensch, our pal Bud. Back into the dark for me at game time ever since. When this schmuck leaves baseball, I'll rejoin it.

Just in case I haven't made MYSELF loud and clear, I'll shout it from the rooftops and drown out all of the muezzins from Dearborn, MI to Milwaukee, WI:  I HATE BUD SELIG!!

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:54 am

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

I thought this fool was retiring from baseball? It's a shame what he has done to this game. The guy is a joke and will go down as one of the worst commisioners of all time in any sport!!

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