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The 5 Defining Moments Of the Bud Selig Era in MLB

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5 Defining Moments From the Bud Selig Era in MLB

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The Bud Selig era will come to a close at the end of this baseball season and his legacy will be remembered by many. Take a look at five defining moments from his era in Major League Baseball.

5. Making All-Star Game Worth Something

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5. Making All-Star Game Worth Something

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Selig wanted to make sure that the All-Star Game was able to not only give fans what they wanted to see but also have it be worth something. He made it even better by making the winner give their respective league home field advantage in the World Series. It was a defining moment because it's one of the few events featuring the best of the best that promoted real playing for great rewards.

4. Adding A Second Wild Card Playoff Team

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4. Adding A Second Wild Card Playoff Team

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Who doesn't love rooting for an underdog? Selig made an incredible decision to add a second wild card team per league to add even more competition in the postseason. Due to this change more teams now have a fighting chance to not only make the playoffs, but do their best at a run for a World Series championship.

3. Coming Down Hard On Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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3. Coming Down Hard On Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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For quite a long time, professional baseball was tainted with cheaters that used PEDs to boost numbers and performance. Selig had a defining moment when he decided to impose stricter rules against repeat offenders of PEDs by handing down longer suspensions and fines. He's cleaned up baseball tremendously and did his best to keep the game clean.

2. Finally Introducing Instant Replay To MLB

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2. Finally Introducing Instant Replay To MLB

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It's hard to change anything to do with professional baseball due to its deep roots, but Selig took a bold step in modernizing the game by introducing instant replay. It has since evolved into a much better system similar to other leagues in that it helps make the right call in huge key parts of a game. It's a defining moment that has helped shape baseball into becoming even better and most of all, completely fair.

1. Jackie Robinson Day

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1. Jackie Robinson Day

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In what has been described as his most defining moment, Selig created Jackie Robinson Day that is celebrated every 15th of April in the honor of the first ever African American to play professional baseball. It's a great event that has baseball fans around the world appreciate and remember the impact Robinson had on the game. Selig will be remembered as a good commissioner and will be missed, especially for how he loves the game of baseball.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google