MLB commissioner Bud Selig reportedly to receive large retirement salary

  • David Whitlock

It pays to be at the top of an organization.  You can almost set your own salary, retirement, etc.  Not saying that happened with Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, but let’s just say he will not need to draw much Social Security in retirement.  ESPN’s senior baseball writer Buster Olney tweeted that the 80-year-old Selig will receive a rather large pension after he steps down this January:

If you look at how he raised the revenue in baseball from $1.2B revenue industry to $9B per year, the $6M seems like chump change.  Based upon this free agent season, players don’t seem to see any downward pressure on salaries.  And surprisingly, most major league teams seem to be profitable (with a few outliers like Tampa Bay or Miami).

While there certainly have been things the Bud didn’t exactly handle well, he is leaving baseball in a good place.  Love him or hate him.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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