MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to retire in 2015
(CNN) -- Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will retire when his current term ends January 24, 2015, MLB said Thursday.
Selig said that "it remains my great privilege to serve the game I have loved throughout my life."
"Baseball is the greatest game ever invented, and I look forward to continuing its extraordinary growth and addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term," he said in a statement that MLB released Thursday.
Selig's former college roommate, one time Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
"Bud Selig is not only the best friend that baseball has ever had, he will go down as the best commissioner the game has ever known. Bud has led Major League Baseball through tremendous change and evolution with the fans at heart. His love of the game and concern especially for markets like Milwaukee will never end even though he has announced his retirement. More than anything, Bud's been and brought a great source of pride to Milwaukee - and I wish my lifelong friend the very best in the future."
"I think fare thee well especially after him getting after the PED's that had to come out of the game," said Steve Savic.
"It's kind of a surprise," Bob Turznik added, "It's sort of at the crescendo of changing the way baseball should be and bringing it back to the great American sport that it should be."