NEW YORK (AP) -- Bud Selig (SEE'-lihg) reluctantly took over as acting commissioner of Major League Baseball in September 1992 and was formally elected to the post six years later. Selig has announced today that he will retire in January 2015, ending the second-longest run for any baseball commissioner.
Selig's tenure has been marked by great financial success and a few failures. He split each league in three divisions and added two wild cards to create more fan interest for the stretch run. The sport has enjoyed robust growth in attendance and revenue under Selig, who served as chairman of the executive council before that council overthrew Fay Vincent as commissioner. He also oversaw expansion into Arizona and Tampa Bay and the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington, although the Rays have yet to enjoy consistent success at the gate.
There was a players' strike early in Selig's tenure, a dispute that led to the cancellation of the 1994 postseason. There hasn't been a work stoppage since.
Selig also was in charge during the steroid era and the sport's subsequent attempts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs.
Selig will have been on the job more than 22 years at the time of his scheduled retirement. Only original commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis had a longer run, serving for 24 years until his death in 1944.
Selig worked himself into the majors by purchasing the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court in 1970 and moving the team to his native Milwaukee.
Penalties handed out for Wednesday confrontation
NEW YORK (AP) -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Atlanta Braves utility man Reed Johnson have each received one-game suspensions from Major League Baseball for their roles in a bench-clearing incident last night.
Gomez touched off the incident by admiring his first-inning homer from home plate and got into shouting matches with several Braves before he was met by Atlanta catcher Brian McCann about 20 feet from home plate. Johnson was punished for charging out of the Braves' dugout and shoving Gomez.
McCann and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman were fined for their participation in the incident.
Rivera could play outfield
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mariano Rivera may make a debut as a centerfielder on his final weekend before retirement.
The 43-year-old closer has said he'd like to play the outfield, so manager Yankees manager Joe Girardi is giving it some consideration for this weekend series against Houston.
Girardi says he might bring Rivera in to play the outfield in the eighth inning then let the reliever close the game in the ninth if the situation presents itself.
Pryor practices, but game status is uncertain
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice on a limited basis today, although his status for Sunday's game remains uncertain. Pryor was knocked out of Monday's 37-21 loss at Denver due to a concussion. He passed a concussion test Wednesday that allowed him to return to practice, but he still must be cleared for contact before the Raiders decide whether to play him Sunday against Washington.
Butler, Te'o could play Sunday
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chargers inside linebackers Donald Butler and Manti Te'o both practiced Thursday and appear to be on track to start against the Cowboys this weekend.
Butler missed last Sunday's loss to the Titans with a groin injury. Te'o hasn't played since injuring his right foot in the preseason opener on Aug. 8.
Knicks shake things up
NEW YORK (AP) --Last season the Knicks won 54 games and the Atlantic Division championship. That apparently wasn't enough for general manager Glen Grunwald to keep his job. The team has announced that Steve Mills is returning to the club as president and general manager. The move comes just days before the start of training camp.
Mills spent a decade as an executive at Madison Square Garden and has worked at the NBA.
Two-year deal for Stepan
UNDATED -- Derek Stepan (STEH'-pahn) has agreed to a two-year contract with the New York Rangers. The agreement comes just a week before the start of the regular season at Phoenix. The 23-year-old led the team with 44 points last season and was second to Rick Nash with 18 goals while playing all 48 games of the lockout-shortened campaign.
Also in the NHL, Sharks forward Raffi Torres (RAH'-fee TOHR'-ehz) has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He was injured in a collision with a player from Anaheim last Friday. The Sharks signed Torres to a three-year, $6 million contract in June.