Bud Selig ’100 percent’ committed to retiring in January 2015
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who turns 80 in July, said this week that he is “100 percent” committed to retiring in a year, and he intends on visiting all 30 ballparks next season as a final farewell tour, an idea that first came to him during New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s final season.
According to a report from Jayson Stark of ESPN, Selig said it’s absolutely definite that his final days as head of the league will come approximately a year from now.
“It’s 100 percent. This is definitely it. I’m more comfortable today than I was when I [announced] it in October, if that’s possible. Jan. 24, 2015, is it. And I’m very comfortable with that. I’m done.”
Selig, who has served as commissioner since 1992, had been talked into staying in his post by several team owners in past instances when his contract had neared expiration. Last April, Selig had turned down a five-year contract extension.
Reiterating his commitment to retire this week has nothing to do with the season-long suspension that was handed down to Yankees second baseman Alex Rodriguez this week amid A-Rod’s violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
Looking ahead, Selig said there’s several endeavors on his horizon:
“I really do want to teach … and I want to write a book, and I want to do it while, God willing, my health is good and my mind is still reasonably active, although many would disagree with that.”
A Milwaukee native, Selig said his plan to visit all 30 ballparks next season is due in part to his desire get back in touch with many of the league’s employees, something he enjoyed doing as a former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers:
“I miss that. Many people ask me, ‘Is there anything you miss [about owning a team]?’ And that’s it. I really miss all that. I knew every vendor. And you knew what they were thinking, too, because they’ll tell you, especially if your team is losing.”