MLB commissioner Bud Selig seeking successor

By Michelle Kapusta,

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is seeking his successor to take over the reigns when he retires.

According to the New York Daily News, a committee has been assembled to find Selig’s successor and will be chaired by St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr., Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Philadelphia Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery.

The 79-year-old has been baseball’s commissioner since 1998 and assisted in selecting a new commissioner in the early ‘80s when he was chairman of the search committee.

"I learned then, and I've told the clubs that it has to be handled in a very quiet, thoughtful, sensitive and dignified way," Selig told USA Today in April.

"You can't be talking to people, there's going to be publicity," he continued. "The only thing I can say is that it will be a very comprehensive and thorough process, but it needs to be done in a quiet and thoughtful way if it's going to be successful. History has taught me that."

In 2008, the commissioner received a contract extension through 2012 and said that he would be stepping down at the end of that season. However, he decided to stay and has said that “this is it” and he will be stepping down come Jan. 24, 2015.

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