Bud Selig just moved one step closer to re-upping as Commissioner of Baseball, as the MLB executive council voted today to approve a two-year contract extension for the longtime leader. A confirmation vote by the full ownership is now scheduled for tomorrow.
Selig turns 78 this year, and he said four years ago when his contract was extended through 2012 that he was entering his last term. He has publicly has maintained that position, but now it appears Selig will remain at the helm through 2014.
“I’m not even going to let you ask the question,” Selig told MLB.com when asked for comment. “We’ll talk about it tomorrow.”
Selig has been in charge for nearly two decades — he replaced Fay Vincent as interim commissioner on Sept. 9, 1992. He lost the interim title and took over officially in 1998. Whenever he walks away, he’ll be remembered for the three-division system with an extra playoff round, interleague play, his handling of the Steroid Era, and his controversial move to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league in the All-Star Game.