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Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season

By Bob Baum

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 12 2012 12:56 p.m. MST

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2011 file photo, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks before Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas. Baseball owners say Selig will be offered a contract extension at this week's meetings in Phoenix. ESPN.com first reported that Selig will be offered an additional term when owners meet Wednesday and Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Two owners, speaking on condition of anonymity so as not to attract criticism from Selig, told The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, that a new term will be proposed.

Darron Cummings, File, Associated Press

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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has been given a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

After owners approved the extension Thursday Selig said he was "very humbled by the request to stay on."

Selig repeatedly has said since 2006 that his retirement is imminent but also admits almost no one believes him.

Owners deferred a vote on the proposed transfer of the San Diego Padres from John Moores to Jeff Moorad, saying they needed more financial information.

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