04/24/2003 9:57 PM ET
Selig still views 2006 as final year
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Bud Selig reiterated on Thursday that this will be his last term as Major League Baseball Commissioner, and that he intends to retire when his current contract ends in December 2006.
His remarks, coming in front of a group of Associated Press Sports Editors in New York on Thursday, mirrored a statement he made last summer during the All-Star Game in his hometown of Milwaukee. At the time, while negotiations were ongoing toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Selig said those would be his last labor talks. MLB eventually signed a new deal with its union, avoiding a work stoppage for the first time since 1970.
Selig, 67, said last summer he wanted to retire and possibly teach at the end of his term. He said again Thursday that a little more than three more years in office would be long enough.
"So now here we are," Selig said. "I have another 3 1/2 years. I expect to do it. Thankfully for me, at that point that would be enough. For a guy who took (the job) in Sept. 9, 1992, and I told my wife it was two-to-four months -- 14 years later ... I think that will be enough. There's no question, because there are other things I really would like to do."
Asked again if this was his final term, Selig responded; "Oh, there's no question."
Selig became acting Commissioner in September 1992 after Fay Vincent resigned. Selig agreed to a five-year term in July 1998. MLB's owners then gave him an additional five-year contract in November 2001, a contract that expires on Dec. 31, 2006.
Under Selig, baseball added a Wild Card berth in each league and an extra round of playoffs. The leagues split into three divisions and began Interleague play. He has said often this spring that one of his greatest achievements is that two Wild Card teams -- the Giants and Angels -- competed in last year's World Series, won ultimately by Anaheim in seven games.
He also has said that he believes MLB is on the path to financial health, primarily because of increased revenue sharing and the competitive balance tax in the new four-year CBA, which expires in 2006.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.