Here we go again. Bud Selig was in the Twin Cities for his 78th birthday on Tuesday and he took the time between bites of cake to say he plans to retire after the 2014 season.
Selig was at Target Field on Tuesday for a celebration of MLB's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program. He said "nobody believes it" but he'll be done in 2½ years, despite sentiment he'll stay until 2016 to pass Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the game's longest-serving boss.
Bud's right. There isn't a person reading this post that believes him. He had a pretty natural spot to retire after the 2012 season with a new collective bargaining agreement in place and a new playoff expansion guaranteed. But The Bud Who Cried Wolf and his admiring owners reupped his contract through 2014 and who knows what new challenges will arise to convince Selig he needs to stick around after this deal.
Not that I have a real problem with Selig staying in the role and making a run at Kenesaw. He seems to enjoy his job, the game is relatively healthy and there's no successor who's going to magically appease the anti-Selig crowd.
Just don't insist you're headed to become a history professor at the University of Wisconsin every two years before assuming we all have amnesia. These posts don't disappear from the Internet, you know.