Nationals owner Ted Lerner, left, talks with agent Scott Boras in December 2010. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

After years of talking about stepping down, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced on Thursday that he would leave following the 2014 season. Selig, 79, was named acting commissioner in 1992 and will vacate the office on Jan. 24, 2015.

Many took the opportunity to reflect on Selig’s tenure and his impact on baseball. Owners and figures across the sport released statements about Selig, and on Friday morning, Nationals manager principal partner, Theodore N. Lerner, shared his in brief comments released through the team:

“I am confident that Bud Selig’s legacy will be a standard by which all future commissioners will be measured. The Commissioner should be proud of the accomplishments under his strong leadership. His legacy will have many chapters: Labor, economics, technology, and community initiatives, to name a few. In Washington, D.C., however, there is no greater legacy than the one he wrote by helping to return our national pastime to our nation’s capital.”