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Bud Selig finalizes retirement after 2014 season

2:05 PM, Sep 26, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) -- Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will formally announce Thursday he's stepping down after the 2014 season.

Selig, who took over as interim commissioner in 1992 after owners forced out then-commissioner Fay Vincent, was named to the permanent job in 1998. He announced two years ago that the 2014 season would be his last, and owners believed it this time.

Now, he will formalize the end of his reign in January 2015. Selig presided over an era of unprecedented growth - MLB is now a $9 billion industry - but also multiple labor battles with the players' union, including one that resulted in the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. And it also spanned the period loosely known as baseball's Steroid Era, a tag that began to fade once the league and union collectively bargained for drug testing after the 2002 season, a policy that has gained greater teeth in subsequent years.

Selig recently has been proud to note that baseball has the toughest drug-testing policy in North America's four major sports.

Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY Sports

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