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BudSeligMajor League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig has confirmed he will retire from his role when his term ends on January 24th 2015.

MLB confirmed on their website  that the 79-year-old, who took up the role on an interim basis in 1992, will "formally step down from the office".

Selig is credited with restoring popularity in baseball and has overseen a number of significant changes, including the introduction of three divisions in each league as well as adding a wild card berth to expand the play-offs.

The former Milwaukee Brewers owner also risked the wrath of baseball traditionalists when he gave the all-clear for inter-league play for the first time in 1997.

Selig was widely criticised for his part in the cancellation of the 1994 World Series due to labour negotiating disputes, while his time in office has also been blighted by numerous drug scandals among star players.

But Selig has now installed one of the most stringent drug-testing programmes in world sport in a bid to stamp out the use of steriods and other performance-enhancing drugs.

"I am grateful to the owners throughout Major League Baseball for their unwavering support and for allowing me to lead this great institution," Selig said in a statement.

"I thank our players, who give me unlimited enthusiasm about the future of our game. Together we have taken this sport to new heights and have positioned our national pastime to thrive for generations to come."

Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was one of the first to pay tribute to Selig's transformation of the sport.

"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," said Reinsdorf.

"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."

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr added: "Bud has done tremendous things for baseball over the last two decades and anyone who knows him understands the passion for and love of the game that he brings to the job.

"His ideas and innovation have vaulted baseball's popularity and his resolve to maintain the game's integrity are things that many of us will remember about his tenure."

Selig will announce shortly a transition plan in preparation for his retirement, which will reorganize centralized MLB management.

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Thanks Jim. If baseball was to be an Olympic sport, wouldn't either the States walk to victory anyway seeing as though the quality of the MLB is far greater than any other league in the world. Perhaps, Japan comes close. I'm sure owners can take some insurance measures too, like the Chicago Bulls did with Luol Deng. Anyway, do you think that Baseball has a good chance of getting reinstated, or does it all depend on the MLB?
Last replied by Edward Rangsi on Wednesday, 25 July 2012
I hope this move will improve the fan base and attendances. The local rivalry with the Texas Rangers will no doubt draw the fans into Minute Maid Park. I think this move will increase the likelihood of Interleague games which the MLB like. Commissioner Bud Selig cited that Interleague play's attendance averaged almost 20 percent higher than did league games. More Interleague games spread throughout the season may help draw more fans and, therefore, revenue.
Last replied by Ismail Uddin on Monday, 21 November 2011
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