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Bud Selig Insists He’s Leaving After the Season

Bud Selig remains adamant. The 2014 season will definitely be his last as commissioner, Jayson Stark of ESPN reports:

On the eve of baseball’s quarterly owners meetings, and as he begins what he says will be his final year in office, Selig was adamant that, despite previous instances in which he said he’d retire but stayed on, this time there is no turning back.

“It’s 100 percent,” said Selig, who will turn 80 in July. “This is definitely it. I’m more comfortable today than I was when I [announced] it in October, if that’s possible. Jan. 24, 2015, is it. And I’m very comfortable with that. I’m done.”

There’s more:

In fact, Selig said, he would like to spend his last year as commissioner on a Mariano Rivera–type tour of all 30 major league parks, speaking not with baseball dignitaries but with fans and people who work in his sport behind the scenes.

“I want to talk to season-ticket holders and fans,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of people to thank.” . . .

That idea came about, he said, in part because several clubs reached out to him after his announcement and asked to honor him, but also because Rivera’s farewell tour got Selig to thinking about ways to connect with people who love baseball.

You read it here first: Selig will be named MVP of the All-Star Game. And the fans will go wild.

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Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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