Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig made it official on Thursday: he will retire in January 2015.
Selig took over as baseball’s interim commissioner on Sept. 9, 1992 and was officially elected as the league’s ninth commission in July 1998. A longtime friend and close ally, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf issued a statement after Selig announced he’d step down.
“When you step back and view the dramatic transformation Major League Baseball has undergone during Bud Selig's tenure as commissioner, it is truly quite astounding. A social institution with a long and rich history like baseball is often very resistant and slow to change, yet Commissioner Selig has introduced dramatic, sweeping innovations to improve the game like expanded playoffs, comprehensive drug testing and competitive balance. These changes have left a lasting impact on baseball, most importantly for the fans of this great game. At his heart, Bud is a baseball fan, and that perspective has driven all he has done during his time as Commissioner. That is his legacy.”