Bud Selig Receives Extension

THURSDAY: MLB has announced the extension through 2014, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets.

WEDNESDAY: Selig's extension has been approved and will be announced tomorrow, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

TUESDAY: Commissioner Bud Selig will be extended for at least two years this week at the owners' meetings, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.  Selig became MLB's acting commissioner in 1992, and the title became official in 1998.  He currently earns more than $22MM per year.


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rainyperez
3 years 7 months ago

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

nooooOo! 

Monty Burns
3 years 7 months ago

Rich owners love him especially corporate owners who can milk their teams dry.  NY, Boston, LA teams thrive under Selig and or get 100 2nd chances as the case may be.   Everyone else is on their own.

Selig caved to the owners and let the Braves get dumped on Liberty Media as a tax dodge.  Now they are stuck as tertiary asset land on Liberty’s balance sheet.  Ugh

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Since when is Selig friendly to large market teams?

That is the biggest pile of manure spread here in years. Selig needs to take the way of his senate look a like Harry Reid (and act alike) and get booted from office. Neither is worth a wooden nickel.

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 7 months ago

 Er, Harry Reid is still in office because the people of Nevada elected to keep him there.  You may not like that whole democracy thing but it is what it is.  As for Bud, I was hoping for some change I could believe in.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Without going into politics a lot here.. Exactly what was the $$$ difference spent between Harry and Angle?

I don’t think Selig had the backing of large market teams was the gist of my post here. Selig has gone with smaller market his entire tenure and done little to nothing to support the larger market teams, or hurt the game in it’s entirety.

What the game needs is a Bowie Kuhn type iron man and not spineless wimps, which Reid/Selig both fit the bill.

kevmill21
3 years 7 months ago

isn’t the newest cba a massive gut punch to small market teams, or did i skip a section?

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

I think many here simply do not recall (or were never around) when baseball had no welfare for teams and now expect teams to get handouts like currently exist..

Luxury taxes, teams like the Marlins, who i am even a fan of to even exist even though they draw fewer than 5k fans sometimes, the Athletics, Royals with abysmal support on both in the seats and TV deals..

Baseball needs attrition to fix itself, not handouts and forcing this new CBA by capping draft picks as one thing does nothing.

Now.. One of you rocket scientists tell me how teams like the Pirates who are trying to actually fix another abysmal team with no local and media support via the draft and now unable to spend 12-15m on the draft are supposed to go about using that talented team of scouting they had put into place, because tightwads like Houston (example) have been far to cheap to either put a winning team, or even pay any talent evaluators and were demanding a draft cap?

Tampa, Pittsburgh types are the major teams to be hurt in this new CBA, they cannot afford to sign the FA, whom large market teams can still sign..

Some people here just flabbergast me with what they do not know and understand, yet continue to fall for the same old rubbish time after time.. it is utterly beyond belief..

kevmill21
3 years 7 months ago

 i could read 4 of those sentences, tops, but you said he doesn’t favor large market teams.

 if the new cba Hurt small market teams, which we seem to agree that it does….who does it favor? L…. M….. T….

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

That is it!!!

NOBODY is really getting anything from it.

Just how are the large market teams getting help??

Boston/NYY cannot spend on the draft either and tell me.. You REALLY think the MLBPA is going to let the spineless lizard Selig put in place a REAL salary cap?

That is why he went for the only thing he did and in that way killed the small teams.. A draft cap.

The man is a certifiable dolt.

bglaszcz
3 years 7 months ago

Draft cap helps small market teams because some players don’t become “undraftable” because of their expensive contract they’re looking for. Good scouts will always rule, as baseball talent is very hit or miss. The better you do your job, the better you’re going to get paid.

zcoughlin2
3 years 7 months ago

Yes and no. Small market teams like the Royals use the uncapped draft to their advantage by overpaying for kids who might otherwise go to college. The last few years the Royals have used that strategy to develop the best farm system in baseball.

While it can be said that “forcing” players to accept a designated amount will allow the small market teams to get anyone, the best players will simply skip accepting a slotted amount to be picked by a poor team like the Royals as the 5th pick, go to college, and hope to be selected 1st in three years.

hoagiebuchanan
3 years 7 months ago

Thought he was retiring?

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

he lead us on to believe that….what a dream killer

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

…why.

NYYANKEES
3 years 7 months ago

______________________

YaGottaBelieve11
3 years 7 months ago

Wilpon’s set to receive more bailouts and continue their stranglehold on the Mets organization.

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 7 months ago

I was really hoping for him to go for this reason too. Please please please retire Selig and get the Wilpons the hell out of Queens….

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Son of a @#$%!

Kendrick Melo
3 years 7 months ago

fred wilpon is smiling …

Infield Fly
3 years 7 months ago

But is his bankruptcy firm? You know, the one he just hired to “report on financial information”…

Nothing pleases Freddie more than having a favoritist Commish in his [empty] pocket!

Chris_RG
3 years 7 months ago

Just when we thought we were finally rid of Bud….

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

Trust me, you don’t want to bring politics into this one.

Koby2
3 years 7 months ago

Wasn’t he supposed to be retiring at some point in the next year or two? That’s why he pushed so hard for the extra wild card so quickly I thought.

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 7 months ago

I think they’re doing a sign-and-trade with Nippon Baseball League

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

Bud will usually do the right thing, eventually. It just seems to take him a long time to figure out what the right thing is.

3 years 7 months ago

Like dictating World Series home field advantage from the outcome of the All Star game?  That was a brilliant idea (not).  How about the team with the best record actually earning home field advantage Bud????

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

Which happened because of the fallout when he called the all star game a tie.

3 years 7 months ago

It was an all star game, it doesn’t count for anything (now it does I guess), it’s for the fans.  He made a mountain out of a mole hill…

vonhayesdays
3 years 7 months ago

i agree you cant have a popularity contest determine who has home field advantage ,   boo on you bud 

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

The really sad thing is the major things he can claim credit for have happened mostly because of something he did wrong:
1) The long running labor peace. Selig oversaw the 1994 labor negotiations that forced the courts to side with the players.
2) Cleaning up the drug issue. Selig continued the policy of turning a blind eye to that in the 90s.

twentyfivemanroster
3 years 7 months ago

I’m not a Selig apologist, in fact I can’t stand the guy, but please don’t just say Selig did wrong on the whole drug issue.  It was the players(who should get the brunt of the blame) that continued to use; and apparently, some still do. Also, the owners themselves have much to do with turning a blind eye.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

The commissioner works for the owners. Selig has hardly ever been Captain Courageous on this or any other issue facing the sport.

Marc_from_Brooklyn
3 years 7 months ago

I think the argument for blaming Bud is that, as commissioner, he is the embodiment of “ownership,” or at least the interests of a majority of owners, rather than acting as a independent commissioner. Therefore, as representative or surrogate of the owners, he turned a blind eye and should shoulder a share of the blame.

BK
3 years 7 months ago

Yea say what you want but baseball revenues have absolutely exploded under Selig.  

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

That’s what I meant. Add to that list allowing the ownership situation with the Dodgers fester. I’m sure we could add many more. All of these things could have been addressed by the commissioner proactively but that has never been Selig’s style. But it’s also probably why Selig has been the commissioner for so long — he never pisses off the owners any more than is absolutely necessary to avert complete catastrophe.

tyconderoguer
3 years 7 months ago

He is so afraid of the player’s union that they keep what they want.  Do piss the union off or they might take their ball and go home.  All the big franchise are happy that he is staying and he could care less about the small market teams.  Pitts was a great baseball city until they couldn’t keep up with the spending of the big market.  I know I don’t want to waste my time spend a fortune to support my teams when they can compete for players like the big markets.

Infield Fly
3 years 7 months ago

From what I see Bud Selig only does “the right thing” after he exhausts every other alternative.

Bud’s primary objective is to do what makes Bud [and his stuffed-shirt cronies] happy.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

Bud is employed by his stuffed-shirt cronies. I don’t defend Selig but I understand that much at least. I blame him for failures of leadership at a time when baseball needed it the most. I hope the next commissioner isn’t so worried about keeping his job.

icedrake523
3 years 7 months ago

Probably because he does the wrong thing first.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

Mostly no-thing first. Inaction is Selig’s hallmark.

theroundsquare
3 years 7 months ago

At least I won’t have to read any more columns from the Detroit writers about how Dombrowski is going to succeed Selig . . . 

corey23
3 years 7 months ago

later territorial rights

ebraves
3 years 7 months ago

“We want a commissioner, not a belly itcher…”

FS54
3 years 7 months ago

uh oh.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 7 months ago

Completely irrelevant and useless post. 

danistheguy
3 years 7 months ago

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

baseball1010
3 years 7 months ago

This is the same Bud who was found colluding against the players. (1994) The same Bud who again in 1994 with held 7.8 million payment due the players benefit and trust plan, hence the strike. Fay Vincent described Selig’s collusion as theft by Selig and Reinsdorf. He accused them of rigging free agent signings. He was the commissioner during the steroid era and loved the spike in attendance. Ownership wants him back? Wow!

Red_Line_9
3 years 7 months ago

Of course they do.  He’s one of them for all intents an purposes.  The owners are one of the few groups that have actually benefited from his tenure. 

I just shudder to think of what will be left of our game, though, when the era he has precided over echoes back at us.  He claims that baseball is more popular than ever by counting revenue.  If baseball is so popular…then why does it seem to be SO unpopular.  Why do we have to sell our children amusement parks at the baseball stadiums?  Why are we forcing so many of our fans in front of the television because the cost of attending a game is so cost prohibitive?  People are missing a GREAT LIVE GAME!  You can’t see the outfield shift when the camera is locked on the pitcher from the CF camera…and you can’t smell the grass….or feel the heat from the sun as it breaks from the clouds during a day game.

Some day these loans to integrity are going to come calling…and we’ll be left with a lot of nothing.