Yesterday, the 16-person Today’s Game Era Committee voted on a ballot of ten baseball greats to make it into the Hall of Fame. Two people made it into the Hall of Fame on the vote: former MLB commissioner and Brewers owner Bud Selig, along with former Braves GM & current Braves president John Schuerholz.
Similar to the Hall of Fame vote each year, the vote from this committee requires 75% for election (which is 12 votes in this case). Selig received 15 of the 16 votes, more than enough for him to be elected. Schuerholz, meanwhile, was a unanimous selection. As baseball executives, this was the only way for both to make the Hall of Fame.
Bud Selig’s impact on the game of baseball has been profound, both as Brewers owner and as the commissioner of baseball. In 1970, he led a group to buy the Seattle Pilots and move them to Milwaukee to become the Brewers. After bringing baseball back to Milwaukee and insuring its future, he went on to become the commissioner of MLB and led a period of baseball through the 1994 strike leading into a prolonged period of labor peace, playoff expansion, the banning of steroids and other PEDs, and much more.
Also on the ballot were five players: Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, and Mark McGwire. Managers Lou Piniella and Davey Johnson, along with late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, rounded out the ballot.
Selig and Schuerholz will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with the rest of the 2017 Hall of Fame class on July 30, 2017. The remainder of the Hall of Fame class will be announced on January 18.