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Bud Selig's career

A chronological look at the career of Bud Selig, who will soon retire as MLB commissioner.

Sept. 1992

Allan H. (Bud) Selig named MLB's chairman of
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Allan H. (Bud) Selig named MLB's chairman of the executive council, making him interim commissioner after Fay Vincent is voted out.

1994

Realignment/expanded playoffs: Three divisions per league. One wild-card
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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
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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
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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.
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San Francisco Giants beat host Texas Rangers, 4-3.

1998 - Expansion

Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devils Rays born.
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Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devils Rays born.

July 9, 1998

Selig named ninth MLB commissioner.
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Selig named ninth MLB commissioner.

2001

MLB Advanced Media launched. Team websites controlled under
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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
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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
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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.

2004

MLB implements first mandatory steroids testing program.
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MLB implements first mandatory steroids testing program.

April 15, 2004

Selig establishes Jackie Robinson Day.
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Selig establishes Jackie Robinson Day.

Nov. 15, 2005

MLB sets penalties for drug-test violators: 50 games
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MLB sets penalties for drug-test violators: 50 games for first steroid/amphetamine use, 100 for second and lifetime ban for third.

2006

The first World Baseball Classic is played and
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The first World Baseball Classic is played and won by Japan.

Dec. 13, 2007

The Mitchell report: Former Sen. George Mitchell releases
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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.

2008

Instant replay introduced to review home run calls.
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Instant replay introduced to review home run calls.

Nov. 17, 2011

Selig adds a second wild-card team in each
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Selig adds a second wild-card team in each league.

Oct. 2, 2012

Lucrative TV deals with Fox and TBS, combined
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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
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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.
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Selig announces his retirement for Jan. 24, 2015.

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