Selig: I Have No Regrets

Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig reflected on his commissionership and life in baseball

The DA Show
July 15, 2019 - 1:40 pm

Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Monday to discuss his life, career and book, “For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball.”

Selig was asked if he wrote the book, in part, as a public vindication. After all, Selig had many success – inter-league play, the Wild Card, rising revenue – but he is often remembered first and foremost for the Steroid Era.

Perhaps this book was a way to shift that narrative?

“No, honestly, that thought never crossed my mind,” the 84-year-old Selig said on The DA Show. “It’s too late in life for me. The day I got in the Hall of Fame, that was all I really needed. I wrote this because I’m a history buff, a history professor now, and I wanted to bring everything out.”

Selig said he has no regrets about his commissionership.

“I can honestly look back and say no,” he said. “There were some heartbreaking things that happened, but we did something about it. Wound up with 28 years of labor peace, have the toughest testing program in America. Think about that: the toughest testing program in America now belongs to a sport that never had a drug-testing program.”

Still, there is nothing Selig regrets? Nothing?

“There really isn’t,” he said. “I guess somebody would have to suggest (something) to me. A lot of things took a lot longer than I wanted. A lot of things were difficult. But I set my mind to doing what I was going to do, and when I decided to retire, there wasn’t anything that I thought that I hadn’t done that I wanted to do.”