'For The Good Of The Game:' Former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Recounts Changes In Baseball In New Book

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 12:36pm
Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 2:06pm

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Bud Selig For the Good of the Game
Harper Collins
Bud Selig's book, "For the Good of the Game"

Major League Baseball’s general managers meetings are being held in the Phoenix metro area this week. That’s typically the gathering that opens up conversations on what teams will do in the offseason, including trades and free agent signings, to improve their playoff chances.

The game on and off the field has changed dramatically over the past couple of decades. Baseball’s popularity has been surpassed by football, but salaries and the cost of television contracts have soared.

One extremely important figure in those changes and baseball’s overall competitive landscape is Bud Selig. He was officially MLB’s commissioner from 1998 until 2015 and served as interim commissioner from 1992 to 1998.

Selig presided over great successes during his tenure but also faced controversies, including the sport's "steroids era." He writes about all of the significant topics in his book, "For the Good of the Game."

The part-time Valley resident spoke with The Show and shared his thoughts about the extended period of labor peace in baseball, considering how many work stoppages there were in the 1980s and '90s.

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