Bud Selig says he’s done in 2012. He also said that he was done in 2008 and 2004 and I’m pretty sure he was going to be done in 2000 as well. But this time, dadgummit, he really means it:
Reuters: Two years ago you told us that none of your cohorts would believe you when you said that in two years time when your contract was up, that you were going to walk away…
Selig: (interrupting) I am done this time. I’m going to be 78 years old — if anybody thinks I’m doing it after that… I know, I’ve said it seven times and I understand all the concerns, and you are right to have them, but this time (pounding his fist on the table) I’m done. I’ve got four more years. That’s enough. “
Doug Pappas had a clock on his website counting down the days until Bud Selig’s retirement. Doug died in 2004, and the Society for American Baseball Research took it over and reset the clock when Selig re-upped in 2006. It doesn’t appear that the clock is there anymore, but I’m mentally resetting it in his memory.