By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JAN. 14, 2015, 6:31 P.M. E.S.T.
New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said there are three main parts to the legacy of Selig, who will become commissioner emeritus.
"He wasn't a small-market guy, not a big-market guy," Steinbrenner said. "He did what he thought was best for baseball. Sometime that went a particular owner's way, and sometimes it went against a particular owner."
Steinbrenner mentioned two of Selig's major accomplishments.
"I think the drug policies have come a long way under him," Steinbrenner said. "We have one of the best in the business now. And I think another thing you've got to look at is, when you run a company that deals with a union and for 20 years you don't have a work stoppage, that's a significant accomplishment. And I think that's going to be a big part of his legacy, the relative labor peace that we've had."
Selig became an increasingly vocal opponent of Commissioner Fay Vincent, and soon became the leader of a group of owners seeking his removal. Selig has never stated that the owners colluded, while Vincent has:
The Union basically doesn’t trust the ownership because collusion was a $280 million theft by Selig and Jerry Reinsdorf of that money from the players. I mean, they rigged the signing of free agents. They got caught. They paid $280 million to the players. And I think that’s polluted labor relations in baseball ever since it happened. I think it’s the reason MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr has no trust in Selig.
... New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was reinstated from a lifelong suspension that was instituted by Selig's predecessor Fay Vincent...
As acting commissioner, Selig represented MLB during the 1994 players strike and cancelled the World Series, marking the first time the annual event had not been staged since 1904.