Baseball votes to eliminate 2 teams

ROSEMONT, Ill., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Just days after the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees to become the quickest expansion team in league history to capture its first World Series

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Baseball to eliminate two teams
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Baseball votes to eliminate 2 teams

ROSEMONT, Ill., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Baseball owners voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of eliminating two teams by the start of the 2002 season. Commissioner Bud Selig did not name the teams, b

Baseball decides to cut two teams

CHICAGO, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball owners voted Tuesday to reduce the number teams in their sport from 30 to 28 before play begins next season.

Astros hire Jimy Williams

HOUSTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The Houston Astros hired Jim Williams as their new manager Thursday, 2 1/2 months after he was fired by the Boston Red Sox.

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Arizona takes command in World Series

Schilling wins Clemente Award

PHOENIX, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Curt Schilling, who is having one of the greatest postseasons of all time, received the 2001 Roberto Clemente Award Sunday for contributions on and off the fiel
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Bud Selig
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Drugs in Sports in Washington on February 27, 2008. The committee heard testimony from various professional sporting leagues on the use of performance enhancing drugs. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Allan Huber "Bud" Selig (pronounced /ˈsiːlɨɡ/; born July 30, 1934) is the ninth and current Commissioner of Major League Baseball, having served in that capacity since 1992 as the acting commissioner, and as the official commissioner since 1998. Selig oversaw baseball through the 1994 strike, the introduction of the wild card, interleague play, and the merging of the National and American leagues under the Office of the Commissioner. He was instrumental in organizing the World Baseball Classic in 2006. Selig also introduced revenue sharing. He is credited for the financial turnaround of baseball during his tenure with a 400 percent increase in the revenue of MLB and annual record breaking attendance. Selig enjoys a high level of support from baseball owners, but has been widely decried by both the MLB Players' Union for his policies and by the general public for presiding over the game during one of its most contentious periods. Jerome Holtzman, Major League Baseball's official historian from 1999 until his passing in 2008, believed Selig to be the best commissioner in baseball history.

During Selig's term of service, the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs became a public issue. The Mitchell Report, commissioned by Selig, concluded that the MLB commissioners, club officials, the Players Association, and the players all share "to some extent in the responsibility for the steroid era." Following the release of the Mitchell Report, Congressman Cliff Stearns called publicly for Selig to step down as commissioner, citing his "glacial response" to the "growing stain on baseball." Selig has pledged on numerous occasions to rid baseball of performance enhancing drugs, and has overseen and instituted many rule changes and penalties to that end.

Selig was previously the team owner and team president of the Milwaukee Brewers. As a Milwaukee native, he is credited for keeping baseball in Milwaukee. In 1970, he purchased the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court and renamed them the Milwaukee Brewers after a minor league team he had watched in his youth. The Brewers went to the 1982 World Series and won seven organization of the year awards during his tenure. Selig remains a resident of Milwaukee.

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