Bud Selig

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That's the best we could do in collective bargaining. The penalties would be much tougher if I had my way. There will be no exceptions.

Allan Huber Selig, Jr., better known as Bud Selig (born July 30, 1934), is the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. He served as acting commissioner from 1992 to 1998 and as commissioner from 1998 to present.


  • I am terribly saddened to learn of the passing of Harry Dalton. He was one of the great general managers of our generation. I was fortunate to have him serve as general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 1978 through 1991.
  • I have often stated that baseball's proudest moment and its most powerful social statement came on April 15, 1947 when Jackie Robinson first set foot on a Major League Baseball field. On that day, Jackie put an end to segregation in baseball and ushered in the era in which baseball became the true national pastime. By celebrating Jackie Robinson Day every April 15, we have ensured that the incredible contributions and sacrifices he made — for baseball and society — will not be forgotten.
  • I poured my heart out in that call.
  • Major League Baseball has always recognized the influence that our stars can have on the youth of America. As such, we are concerned that recent revelations and allegations of steroid use have been sending a terrible message to young people.
  • Major League Baseball has not forgotten and will never forget the great contribution and sacrifice that Jackie made to baseball and to all of society
  • Major League Baseball is a national institution and we take our responsibilities seriously when it comes to how the game affects the lives of American youth.
  • On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am terribly saddened by the sudden passing of Kirby Puckett. He was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the term. He was revered throughout the country and will be remembered wherever the game is played. Kirby was taken from us much too soon — and too quickly.
  • One of the legendary broadcasters of our game. His distinct voice was a comfort to a generation of baseball fans in New England and throughout the country.
  • So that there is no misunderstanding from my perspective, I will suspend any player who tests positive for an illegal steroid. There will be no exceptions. The (players) union is aware of that and they accept it.
  • St. Louis is closer to Minneapolis than Milwaukee is.
  • That's the best we could do in collective bargaining. The penalties would be much tougher if I had my way. There will be no exceptions.
  • About the drug-testing policy.
  • The greatest country in the history in the world is being attacked. So all of this (baseball) doesn"t mean very much.
  • The one thing we know today is we can't continue to do business the way we have in the past.
  • There are many franchises today, and again I could begin to articulate them one by one, who have deep trouble. … We have a remarkable number of teams losing a lot of money.
  • The positive shelf life of a new stadium has shrunk considerably. The new parks in themselves can't be a long-term or mid-term panacea.
  • This gathering of baseball's brightest stars will be an outstanding platform to grow the game internationally. As baseball continues to grow globally, more and more fans around the world have the opportunity to appreciate the grace and excitement of our great game. The first World Baseball Classic will bring a unique blend of enthusiasm to old and new fans alike.
  • You mean guys don't get injured in spring training? Guys get hurt walking down the street. All the managers, pitching coaches [are] very sensitive. Look, you can always pick at something, but there's a broader picture, a grander picture.

Quotes about Bud Selig[edit]

  • A baseball game, if it goes 5 innings, is official for betting purposes for betting either team. Whatever (commissioner) Bud Selig or anyone in baseball declares is completely different from wagering rules in sports books.
  • From the day Bud became involved in baseball, he divorced me and married baseball.
  • No suspended World Series Game shall be resumed until the various weather conditions have met the standards of Bud Selig. In the event that Bud Selig is no longer able to function as commissioner of baseball, the rule reverts back to the normal standards set forth in various other places in the rulebook.
  • Ron was frustrated. He wasn't happy but he wasn't as angry as I thought he would be. Ron's just kinda mystified, at this point, wondering what it will take. It may take a special declaration by Commissioner Bud Selig to get this to happen. I know Bud loves him. I know Bud wants him in the Hall of Fame. Most people who've followed the game for a long time, especially during that 1960s era with all those superstars, feel that Ron deserves to be in there.

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