Bud Selig named Commissioner Emeritus effective January 25th

(WITI) -- Major League Baseball Commissioner-Elect Rob Manfred announced on Monday, December 22nd that he has given the sport's longtime leader, Bud Selig, the title of Commissioner Emeritus, which will be effective on January 25th, when he officially retires as Commissioner.  As Commissioner Emeritus, Selig will be available to advise Manfred and to assist with special projects as Manfred begins his term as Commissioner.

Selig has led the industry since September 9, 1992, first as Chairman of the Major League Executive Council.  On July 9, 1998, he was officially elected as the ninth Commissioner in Baseball history.  On September 26, 2013, he announced his intention to retire upon the completion of his contract.  Manfred, currently MLB's Chief Operating Officer, was unanimously elected Baseball's next Commissioner by the 30 Major League Clubs on August 14, 2014.