Einhorn Sees Unification Of Leagues As Selig's Biggest Accomplishment

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has frequently cited labor peace as his foremost accomplishment in nearly 21 years in the post. Drug reform has been prominent in recent years. Others near to him have pointed to improved competitive balance, increased revenue sharing, the expanded playoff format, and ballpark development as hallmarks of his tenure.

Chicago White Sox Vice Chairman Eddie Einhorn has a different opinion on Selig. Einhorn, who along with partner Jerry Reinsdorf rank among the longest-tenured MLB team owners, believes the dissolution of the American and National leagues as separate business entities is “undoubtedly the biggest thing that Bud has done.” In 2000, Selig led the administrative consolidation of the two leagues, ending nearly a century of the AL and NL as separate units.

“Before he did that, it was just very, very difficult to get anything done,” Einhorn said. “If the AL wanted to do something, the NL would block it and vice versa. It was a huge step toward our getting on the same page together.”
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