On this day in 1992 Allan “Bud” Selig was named interim commissioner of Major League Baseball. He was named commissioner after he led a no-confidence vote against former commissioner Fay Vincent. Selig was at the helm of Major League Baseball during the 1994 strike, the introduction of the wild card, the steroid era, interleague play, and revenue sharing. Selig was formerly the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, a team he purchased in 1970, and once he became commissioner her transferred ownership of the team to his daughter, however, many people around baseball still believe that he had a hand in running the team even while being commissioner. Selig has signed on to be commissioner through the 2014 season which will take him past his 80th birthday. Selig is also responsible for one of the worst ideas in baseball, allowing the All-Star to decide home field advantage for the World Series. How he ever thought that allowing a game in which the best players play less than a third of the game decide home field for the World Series was a good idea I will never know. Oh wait, it was because he let the All-Star game end in a tie one year and everyone was rightfully upset. Selig has done a lot of good for baseball but he has also done a great deal of harm. It will be interesting to see in the coming years who the owners decide to bring in to replace him and if that person can build off the successes and overcome the failures of the current commissioner.
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