A chronological look at the career of Bud Selig, who will soon retire as MLB commissioner.
Allan H. (Bud) Selig named MLB's chairman of the executive council, making him interim commissioner after Fay Vincent is voted out.
Realignment/expanded playoffs: Three divisions per league. One wild-card team from each league added to the playoffs.
Sept. 14, 1994 - MLB labor strike
Selig cancels remainder of season and e World Series. Baseball’s longest work stoppage lasts 232 days.
April 15, 1997
Selig marks 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's major-league debut by permanently retiring Robinson's No. 42.
June 12, 1997 - First interleague game
San Francisco Giants beat host Texas Rangers, 4-3.
1998 - Expansion
Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devils Rays born.
July 9, 1998
Selig named ninth MLB commissioner.
MLB Advanced Media launched. Team websites controlled under a single umbrella, and split revenue evenly. MLBAM made $650 million in 2012.
Jan. 10, 2002
Selig asks players to accept luxury tax, which would eliminate competition gaps between big and small market teams, and increase league revenue sharing. It's implemented in 2003.
July 9, 2002
Selig ends the All-Star Game in Milwaukee, tied 7-7 after 11 innings when both squads run out of available players. Incentive added in future Midsummer Classics; the winner claims home-field advantage in the World Series.
MLB implements first mandatory steroids testing program.
April 15, 2004
Selig establishes Jackie Robinson Day.
Nov. 15, 2005
MLB sets penalties for drug-test violators: 50 games for first steroid/amphetamine use, 100 for second and lifetime ban for third.
The first World Baseball Classic is played and won by Japan.
Dec. 13, 2007
The Mitchell report: Former Sen. George Mitchell releases a 409-page report detailing use of performance-enhancing drugs in MLB. It names former Yankees pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, and Barry Bonds. Policing PED abusers became part of the MLB's fixed agenda after the report.
Instant replay introduced to review home run calls.
Nov. 17, 2011
Selig adds a second wild-card team in each league.
Oct. 2, 2012
Lucrative TV deals with Fox and TBS, combined with ESPN, total $12.4 billion through 2021.
Jan. 29, 2013-present
Miami New Times reports on Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic connected with supplying PEDs to MLB players, most notably Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez — eventually suspended for the 2014 season. Additionally, Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal are suspended for ties to Biogenesis. The Biogenesis saga has played out negatively for MLB in the court of public opinion thanks to missteps like the purchasing of stolen documents while investigating Alex Rodriguez. MLB recently contacted the federal government with hopes for aid in naming players who violated league drug policy.
Sept. 26, 2013
Selig announces his retirement for Jan. 24, 2015.