BALTIMORE (AP) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is looking forward to writing a book, teaching history and taking it easy when he retires this winter.
Before that happens, however, he hopes to introduce his successor — perhaps as soon as Thursday.
Baseball's 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Selig's replacement. A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan.
"The process has worked just the way I thought it would," Selig said Tuesday at the Orioles' home ballpark. "I gave them a great list of names, and these names were on it."
To win Thursday's vote, a candidate must receive approval from at least 23 owners.
"A lot of other people are making predictions," Selig said. "I'm staying out of that business because I don't know."
Asked what would happen if there is an impasse, Selig replied, "This seven-man committee has done really good work. We'll see what happens."
This is what won't happen: Selig changing his mind and sticking around.
"I thought long and hard before I made my announcement in October of last year," he said of the announcement, actually made Sept. 26. "I just celebrated my 80th birthday. In life, there's a time to come but there's also a time to go. I'm looking forward to that. I have a lot of things planned."
Those plans include writing an autobiography, teaching at two or three universities and "maybe a little peace and quiet."
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