LOS ANGELES - Dodger Owner and Chairman Mark Walter released the following statement today regarding the announcement by Commissioner Selig that he will retire in 2015:

"Speaking as a life-long fan of the game, Bud Selig's love of baseball, its players and fans had always been obvious. Now, as an owner of one of the sport's most storied franchises, I can see that his respect for the integrity of the sport, its beauty and nuances are even more evident in every carefully considered decision he's made. Baseball's popularity, sweeping economic growth, labor peace and unity are a direct result of Bud's tireless efforts and leadership, which have had a significant impact on franchise values in every market. While the Commissioner has said he will retire after the 2014 season, we are hopeful that he will continue to lend his wisdom and support to our great game for many years to come."