5 Ways Bud Selig Has Helped MLB

5 Ways Bud Selig Has Helped MLB

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Bud Selig's reign as MLB commissioner has had its ups and downs over the years, and to some, the bad outweighs the good. He had some bad moments, but he has helped Major League Baseball more than most think. Here now are five ways that Bud Selig has helped MLB during his reign that started when he was the acting commissioner in 1992.

5. He Helped Baseball Fans Embrace New Technology

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5. He Helped Baseball Fans Embrace New Technology

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Baseball is an old and slow game to a certain degree, but under Selig, MLB has done a good job of using technology to access consumers quickly. MLB.com has been a valuable resource for baseball and sports fans everywhere and products like MLB.tv have brought the game to more people in a different platform. Selig is not the true architect of this trend, but he has put the right people in place to implement it.

4. Selig Has Kept MLB Strike-Free Since 1995

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4. Selig Has Kept MLB Strike-Free Since 1995

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While Selig has his share of the blame for the 1994 player strike, Selig and MLB haven't had any strike-related problems since. Of the four major professional sports, MLB is the sport furthest removed from its last strike or lockout at 19 years. That has to count for something.

3. Selig Ushered In An Era Of Newer and Bigger Ballparks

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3. Selig Ushered In An Era Of Newer and Bigger Ballparks

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Since Selig became commissioner, 20 new MLB ballparks have opened. This has helped the No. 1 reason on this list which will be discussed later on. These new stadiums have brought modern amenities to the picture and made MLB games a more exciting fan experience. Even with all the new ballparks in place, there are still some teams that desperately need a new stadium, especially Oakland.

2. Selig Changed The Postseason Format

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2. Selig Changed The Postseason Format

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You can debate all you want about the new Wild Card format in MLB, but Selig must be given credit for making the playoffs more interesting. A postseason that features more teams vying for the World Series is what MLB has needed for quite some time. The format is somewhat flawed, especially the play-in game, but the fact that the change was made shows that the sport is evolving.

1. Selig Helped Teams Make Money

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1. Selig Helped Teams Make Money

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When Selig took over in 1992, MLB's gross revenues were around .2 billion. One of his goals during his reign as commissioner was to find ways to increase that number to billion. In 2013 alone, baseball made .5 billion, shattering Selig's optimistic goal.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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