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Potential candidates to replace Bud Selig

Oct 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

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The other day I noted that there was no clear successor to Bud Selig when he steps down at the end of 2012.  From my lips to Maury Brown’s keyboard, for today he runs down some of the possibilities over at The Biz of Baseball.

None of the candidates Maury mentions are bad. Sandy Alderson and Stan Kasten are smart guys and smart is good. Rob Manfred has been in the trenches and that works. While the idea of Andy MacPhail troubles me a bit inasmuch as no one would probably be talking too seriously about him if he didn’t come from a family line of executives, he has been in the sorts of jobs that would give him experience here. A legacy-saved, let’s call him.

Ultimately, though, brains aren’t going to trump everything. Or even be the most important thing. Not saying Selig isn’t smart — he is — but his biggest skill is in consensus building among the ownership group. It’s what allows him to basically do anything he wants. Making the owners mad is what causes coups. Coups like the one that brought Selig into power in the first place.

Which makes me wonder if another current owner isn’t the most likely replacement. Someone who saw that Selig moved on from the Brewers, made a tidy profit on his team and then made a healthy freakin’ salary for nearly 20 years on top of it, all the while transforming his legacy from used car salesman to one of the preeminent sports executives of all time.

Whatever happens, it will be fun to watch.

  1. Graves - Oct 26, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    There’s no way that anyone other than Ozzie Guillen gets this job, right?!

    • Old Gator - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:35 PM

      That’s a horrible attempt at humor, and in awful taste. Don’t you know any dead baby jokes?

  2. miketreedy - Oct 26, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Too bad we have to wait another year. MLB needs someone young and tech savvy that can take baseball into the new age. They must also start to attract a younger audience. How about Mark Cuban? I know there is no chance in hell but they need someone like him!

    • natstowngreg - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      As an owner, absolutely. MLB could use some shaking up.

      As Commissioner, no. Not as the guy whose job is to bring 30 ownerships together.

      • Old Gator - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

        Kinda the way all those stars flew together at the birth of Damien?

  3. bennoj - Oct 26, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    The owners don’t want smart. Or young. Or tech-savvy. Or outspoken. Or knowledgeable about the origins of baseball.

    The owners want someone to protect their interests and ensure their profits.

    The owners want another round of Bud Lite, please. No fried chicken, but do you know a good place for a take-out Porterhouse?

    • paperlions - Oct 27, 2011 at 9:42 AM

      Couldn’t have said it better, the commissioner is the employee of the owners and his job is to look out for the interests of owners (which is what they mean when they refer to MLB) not the interest of fans, players, or the game itself.

  4. okwhitefalcon - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Now the obligatory tongue in cheek Bob Costas suggestion.

    Someone had to do it.

    • Panda Claus - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

      Well here’s your counter-point: Ken Burns!

  5. bigtrav425 - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    bob costas is one of those people that if i say dieing on the side of the road i wouldnt help him.He is that much of a scumbag and pampas asshole

    • cur68 - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:35 PM

      Before anyone jumps down trav’s throat, I’m sure he isn’t implying that all the people from the Argentinian lowlands are assholes, just Bob. But, um, ‘trav, I thought Costas was from New York? Has wikipedia led me astray?

      • badmamainphilliesjamas - Oct 26, 2011 at 8:05 PM

        I’m slow tonight . . . had to read that 3 times before I got it. Very clever, Cur.

      • natstowngreg - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:35 PM

        Thumbs down for beating me to it.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:58 PM

      I, for one, would like to see the full list.

  6. Panda Claus - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    They need a Robert Kraft type of guy, one who’s respected by new and old owners alike. Are there any current MLB owners that fit that bill?

  7. Kyle - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    I didn’t ever consider Sandy Alderson until now. Color me intrigued.

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:44 PM

      Billy Beane…or Brad Pitt…or Brad Pitt playing Billy Beane as commish.

  8. pestiesti - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    I’ve seen Dave Dombrowski mentioned. And my sugestion as a dark horse candidate: George W. Bush.

    • Ari Collins - Oct 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      Wow. Just… wow.

      • cur68 - Oct 26, 2011 at 8:17 PM


      • pestiesti - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM

        Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! I’m not saying that is something I agree with or would like to see. I phrased that poorly. I’m just saying that if his name were to appear as a candidate, I wouldn’t be surprised.

  9. jkcalhoun - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Let’s see, what’s the next logical entry in this list?

    Federal Judge
    Senator and Governor
    Sportswriter and Broadcaster
    Lieutenant General
    Corporate Executive
    Scholar and University President
    Lawyer and Corporate Executive
    Colluder and World Series Canceler

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM

      Don’t forget “Statistical Analyzer Who (allegedly) Recognizes Undervalued Assets Who Never Got To A World Series With His Statistical Batshit Crazy Theories”.

    • ta192 - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:51 PM

      USMC D. I. and TV/movie star (R Lee Ermey)

    • umrguy42 - Oct 27, 2011 at 8:58 AM

      Lawyer and Baseball Blogger?

  10. SmackSaw - Oct 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    George W. Bush

  11. whitecastleisafoodgroup - Oct 26, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Theo Epstein!

  12. antifreeze27 - Oct 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Am I the only person who immediately thinks of Joe Torre? I know he’s old and all, but he seems to have positioned himself as Selig’s right-hand man really quickly.

  13. jdd428 - Oct 26, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    How about Bill James? He knows everything about the game and has a statistic to prove it.

    • JBerardi - Oct 27, 2011 at 8:04 AM

      “He knows everything about the game”

      You’ve clearly never read a word of Bill James.

      • nightman13 - Oct 27, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        How about Rick James? Oh wait…deceased. How about Dave Chapelle impersonating Rick James?

  14. titknocker - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    they should just get ted williams head out of the freezer and put it on a pedestal!

  15. mdpickles - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Bill Giles? His dad was the president of the NL way back when they had one. David Montgomery is too nice to do the job. Condi Rice? Im just throwin em out there.

  16. cogitobaseballergosum - Oct 26, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Pete Rose will probably lobby for the job so he can reinstate himself.

  17. tuftsb - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Dave Montgomery of the Phils has served on numerous MLB committees and is a good choice.
    And now that he outlasted Theo, Larry Lucchino could cash in his Red Sox stake and take the job.

  18. Joe - Oct 27, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Someone who saw that Selig moved on from the Brewers, made a tidy profit on his team and then made a healthy freakin’ salary for nearly 20 years on top of it, all the while transforming his legacy from used car salesman to one of the preeminent sports executives of all time.

    “Mr. Selig? Mr. McCourt is on line one.”

  19. mrznyc - Oct 27, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Who would be best for the job and who the owners will hire for the job are two very different people

  20. antlerclaws - Oct 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    George W. Bush has said before that Baseball Commissioner was the job he really wanted. Just think, if he’d been made baseball commish in the late ’90s, we wouldn’t have spent 2003-2011 (and trillions of $$$) on that little Iraq adventure.

    • paperlions - Oct 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM

      Don’t kid yourself, George W was never calling the shots, just like Reagan, his job was to be the face of the Republican party and to enact decisions that were made in some room, some where….a room to which GW was never invited. In other words, that litte venture would have happened anyway….it wasn’t clear to you that the push for that conflict was fueled by a very large political machine?

  21. cleareye1 - Oct 27, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    How about Frank McCourt? He’ll be looking for work soon.

  22. facinatingthinker - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Bob Starkey – Financial Consultant

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