Current Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Seiig announced Thursday that he will retire following the 2014 season after over 22 years of service.
The 74-year old has served the second longest term only behind Kenesaw Mountain Landis whose tenure lasted 24 years.
"It remains my great privilege to serve the game I have loved throughout my life," Selig said in a statement. "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.
The game of baseball has grown significantly with Selig in office. There have bee numerous changes made including the implementation of instant replay, interleague play, revenue sharing as well as the new playoff format. Unfortunately, the "Steroid Era" and PED issues have also come during his time and left a scratch on his legacy, but this has led to the toughest testing policy of any of the major sports.
"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."
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