The Hall of Fame has two new members.
Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson announced Sunday that former commissioner Bud Selig and longtime executive John Schuerholz have been voted into the Hall of Fame by the Today's Game Era Committee. The announcement was made during a live MLB Network broadcast.
The Today's Game Era Committee consists of 16 members. The committee includes current Hall of Famers, executives and media members. Twelve votes are needed to be elected. Schuerholz was voted in unanimously. Selig received 15 votes.
Selig, 82, served as baseball's acting commissioner from 1992-98 and official commissioner from 1998-2015. Under his watch, MLB expanded to 30 teams, implemented interleague play, underwent divisional realignment, added a third round to the postseason (in which the playoff field expanded from four teams to 10) and grew financially by a tremendous amount.
Of course, Selig's tenure was not without its black marks. He presided over the so-called Steroid Era, held a vote to contract to Twins and Expos in 2001, and watched the All-Star Game finish in a tie in 2002. Despite all that, Selig will go down as arguably the most successful commissioner in MLB history.
Before taking over as commissioner, Selig owned the Milwaukee Brewers from 1970 until taking over as commissioner. He purchased the Seattle Pilots -- a 1969 expansion team -- through bankruptcy court and moved the franchise to Milwaukee. Selig retired in 2015 and currently holds the title of commissioner emeritus.