Hey guys, Bud selig is gonna retire. This time he means it. Totally.

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Bud Selig has announced his retirement and then failed to carry out said retirement at least twice that I can remember. There may have been a third time in there but at this point they all blur together. It’s always “I’m going to retire after the 2*** season. I know I said I was going to retire after the 2*** season, so I understand if you don’t believe me, but this time I really and truly am.” Then about 18 months later MLB renews his contract for a couple of years.

So forgive me is I’m not buying this:

 

The next step in this dance will be a story truly bringing home how committed Selig is to retiring. Maybe an interview that takes place in his sleepy retirement office on a college campus somewhere, where an at peace Bud Selig intends to teach history or something, showing you just how committed he is to walking away from the league.

Nah, it’s been done.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.