Selig to remain MLB commissioner through '14

Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig gestures to the crowd after throwing out the...

Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig gestures to the crowd after throwing out the opening pitch before the start of Game 5 of the MLB National League Divisional League Series baseball playoff between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee, October 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Morry Gash/Pool)

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Bud Selig will remain Major League Baseball’s commissioner through 2014.

Owners voted Thursday to extend his contract, which was set to expire Dec. 31, 2012. The will keep him in office beyond his 80th birthday.

“It is an honor to be asked to continue to serve the game of baseball, and I thank the clubs for their confidence in the direction in which we have taken the game,” Selig said in a statement.

“This is an extraordinary era for Major League Baseball. The focus is on the field, competitive balance is strong, and fans around the world are supporting our game in unprecedented fashion. I am very humbled by the request to stay on, and I look forward to building on the great momentum our game has seen in recent years.”

Selig has pledged to retire after signing each of his previous extensions, but changed his mind in 2006 and again in 2009.

 


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