Major League Baseball Commissioner is going to retire. While he had talked about it before, it appears that this will be it. According to MLB.com, Selig will finish out his term that will expire in January 2015 and then retire. Selig issued a press release that confirmed that he would walk away from the game:
“It remains my great privilege to serve the game I have loved throughout my life. 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.”
Selig was owner of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1992 when team owners rallied to remove then-commissioner Fay Vincent from office. Selig assumed the position of "Interim Commissioner". Selig continued in that "interim" role until 1998, when he was formally named commissioner of baseball.
Selig previously announced that he would retire at the conclusion of his contract in 2009, but has remained active since.