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Bud Selig's Retirement Has Been Breaking News For 16 Months Now

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The news that Bud Selig will step down as baseball commissioner after next season is being played up as a big, breaking story. Even a "scoop!" Do we all just have really short memories?

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  • May 23, 2012: Bud Selig says he'll retire following the 2014 season, when his contract is up. "I have two-and-a-half years to go," he says.
  • July 31, 2012: Bud Selig says he'll retire following the 2014 season, when his contract is up. "Nobody believes it," he says, "but it's true.
  • Sept. 19, 2012: Bud Selig says he'll retire following the 2014 season, when his contract is up." At that point it will be time for someone else," he says.
  • Dec. 20, 2012: Bud Selig says he'll retire following the 2014 season, when his contract is up. "I'll be 80 years old," he says. "That'll be enough.
  • April 25, 2013: Bud Selig says he'll retire following the 2014 season, when his contract is up. "You don’t even have to ask the question," he says.
  • April 26, 2013: Bud Selig says he'll retire following the 2014 season, when his contract is up. "There's a time to go," he says, "and this is it."
  • Sept. 3, 2013: Bud Selig says he'll retire following the 2014 season, when his contract is up. "I think everybody now understands that I will be done," he says.
  • Sept. 26, 2013: Bud Selig says he'll retire following the 2014 season, when his contract is up. He'll hold the press conference in few minutes.
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I get the skepticism: Selig has previously alluded to his retirement, only to sign a contract extension. But maybe the surprise should be saved for if he reneges on this latest promise, instead of for him saying the same thing for the 19th straight time.

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