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MLB Executives

Bud Selig
Allan H. (Bud) Selig
Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball

Allan H. (Bud) Selig is the Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball. After being named to the new position by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. on December 19, 2014, Selig began in this capacity on January 25, 2015, when Manfred became the 10th Commissioner in the history of Baseball. As Commissioner Emeritus, Selig serves as an adviser to Manfred and assists him with special projects.

Selig was named the ninth Commissioner of Baseball on July 9, 1998, by a unanimous vote of the 30 club owners. Before his election as Commissioner, Selig served as Chairman of the Executive Council, making him the central figure in MLB's organizational structure dating back to September 9, 1992. He was the founding President of the Milwaukee Brewers from 1970-1992.

Selig, who was inducted as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017, led the way toward implementation of many of the game's structural changes, including the expanded Wild Card Postseason format, instant replay, Interleague Play, realignment, restoration of the rulebook strike zone and consolidation of the leagues' administrative functions. His tenure included an unprecedented era of labor peace and uninterrupted play, dramatically improved competitive balance, the toughest drug testing program in American professional sports, the formation of the World Baseball Classic (2006), the inception of MLB Advanced Media (2000) and the launch of MLB Network (2009).

Selig guided the game through a significant renaissance following its troubled period, including the 1994 players' strike. MLB set its all-time regular season attendance record each year from 2004-2007, culminating in an all-time high of 79,503,175 fans in 2007. His final 10 years as Commissioner, from 2005-2014, included all 10 of the best-attended seasons in baseball history. Under Selig's leadership, revenues increased more than seven-fold to a record total exceeding $9.0 billion in 2014. He also led MLB to new heights in its social responsibility endeavors.

Selig has received many significant honors for his accomplishments, philanthropy and corporate citizenship. Selig is a major supporter of his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Marquette University. The University of Wisconsin has named several need-based scholarships and a history department chair in Selig's honor. Selig, who has taught at Marquette University Law School since 2009, was named to its adjunct faculty as distinguished lecturer in sports law and policy in 2010.

Bud and Sue have three daughters and five granddaughters.