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MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to Retire in Jan. 2015

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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 15:  Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig listens to a question during a hearing of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the illegal use of sterioids in baseball January 15, 2008 in Washington, DC. The "Mitchell Report" named several former and current major league baseball players who are accused of using steriods or other performance-enhancing drugs.  (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – JANUARY 15: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig listens to a question during a hearing of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the illegal use of sterioids in baseball January 15, 2008 in Washington, DC. The “Mitchell Report” named several former and current major league baseball players who are accused of using steriods or other performance-enhancing drugs. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he plans to retire in January 2015.

The 79-year-old Selig has repeatedly said since 2003 that his retirement was imminent, but Thursday marked the first time he issued a formal statement.

He says he will announce a transition plan shortly that will include a reorganization of central baseball management.

Selig bought the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court in 1970 and moved the team to Milwaukee. He was part of the group that forced Fay Vincent’s resignation.

Selig took over as acting commissioner on Sept. 9, 1992, in his role as chairman of the executive council. He repeatedly said he would not take the job full time but was formally elected commissioner July 9, 1998. He agreed to new contracts in 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

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