Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is set to retire at the end of the 2014 season. It marks the end of a term of more than 22 years that has seen baseball grow exponentially.
“It remains my great privilege to serve the game I have loved throughout my life,” Selig said in a statement. “Baseball is the greatest game ever invented, and I look forward to continuing its extraordinary growth and addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term.
“I am grateful to the owners throughout Major League Baseball for their unwavering support and for allowing me to lead this great institution. 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. Most of all, I would like to thank our fans, who are the heart and soul of our game.”
Before he goes though, Selig wanted to add one trophy to his shelf, the Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award. That is right, Selig is the recipient of an award that bears his name and the first ever recipient for that matter.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig to receive the 1st “Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award” from Baseball Assistance Team next Tuesday.
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