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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: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:59 pm

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

One of the worst commissioners ever. This man attempted to sweep the entire steroid era under the rug. Work stopages. Strikes. His self importance attitude. SEE DAVID STERN. Possibly the most idiotic move in sports history, the winner of the all star game gets home field in the World Series. Go away, just go away. 

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:35 pm
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Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:22 pm

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish


Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:31 pm

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

You could not be MORE wrong in your assertion.  The players association steadfastly refused for nearly twenty years to negotiate for blood testing.  The commissioner cannot alter the players Basic Agreement on a unilaterla basis.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:31 pm

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

My guess is he wants to stick around a few years to make sure these new(est) changes go smoothly. I doubt that Selig's ego could handle it if any part of his legacy were changed, so I imagine he'll stick around until these added playoff teams, etc are implemented and seem "normal" in modern baseball. 

I'm not a huge fan of the man, but he's been in charge through a difficult time in baseball history. All things considered, I think baseball is in a pretty good place, whether because of, or in spite of Selig.

Just don't make any more changes Bud, otherwise the baseball purists of the world will have your head before you can retire.  

Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:11 pm

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Do you guys know how much that dousche makes per year???  22 freakin mill, thats insane!!!

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:10 pm

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just go away, Selig!

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:00 pm

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

This is probably driven by the owners' desire to avoid an internal fight over who would be the next commissioner. 

Giving Selig an extension allows the owners to kick that internal struggle down the road for a few more years.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:52 pm

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Change of heart ? Bud Selig simply can't be trusted.

Bud Selig looked the other way for nearly two decades until PED's had made a mockery of a century of Hall of Fame benchmarks. He also ignored THE definitive mission statement for his job tiltle: "to act in the best interests of baseball"...the fact is, Selig wasn't motivated to admit there WAS a problem until Congress forced him to act in his OWN best interests-to keep his job.

Now, Selig must pressure the BBWAA (Hall of Fame voters) to exact some sort of misguided, retroactively subjective, "exclusion justice" against proven and suspected PED users alike, due to his own negligence.

The harm PED's have done to MLB's tradition and integrity is irrepairable. History will show THAT is the overwhelming definition of what Bud Selig's "watch" has been.

The fact that Selig is still Commissioner of Baseball is an abomination.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:39 pm

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

If this report is accurate, my disgust for Bud Selig as commissioner of baseball grows.  The only thing he's done that I've approved of is the increased testing and penalties for PEDs.  Other than that, I wish he would just dry up and blow away.

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