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MLB fires Executive Vice President Jimmie Lee Solomon

Jun 6, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

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Eric Fisher of SportsBusinessJournal reports that a longtime MLB executive has been let go:

Major League Baseball executive VP/baseball development Jimmie Lee Solomon has been fired by commissioner Bud Selig, according to industry sources, ending a 21-year association with the league.

MLB execs declined to comment, and it is not clear what precipitated the surprise move or what Selig plans to do to replace Solomon.

Fisher later tweeted that some team executives said “this was a long time coming.”

Solomon used to have the Joe Torre job: overseeing on-field issues and umpiring, but was demoted a couple of years ago to deal with the league’s development initiatives.  Now he’s out.

Solomon graduated from Harvard Law School, and after 10 years at a Washington law firm, where he made partner, he got into baseball. A couple of years he was quoted as saying he “hated every second” of his legal career.  Which is gonna make it a bit hard for him when he starts circulating resumes next week …

  1. ajcardsfan - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    “Solomon used to have the Joe Torre job: overseeing on-field issues and umpiring, but was demoted a couple of years ago to deal with the league’s development initiatives.”

    Considering there’s still issues with that, I think we can go ahead and also blame the head honcho..”Mr. Selig, you are the weakest link, Goodbye.”

  2. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    He can always become a blogger – the last redoubt, as I understand it, of disaffected lawyers who hated every second of their legal careers.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      Be courteous and polite, Mr. Gator

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      ^ Comment of the day. Well done, Gator.

    • ezthinking - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Corporate and insurance defense attorneys that have any kind of conscious end up hating their jobs. Screwing people for the corporate good is not easy work on the soul.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        Just ask Wisconsin. Oh, wait.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Be whaaaat?

  4. Jonny 5 - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    I assume he was paid at least the 2m per Torre was paid. I’d say the man probably won’t be putting out any resumes to law firms. Applications to country clubs more likely.

  5. mybrunoblog - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    This sucks for Solomon. I guess Selig though he lost his wisdom.

    • chumthumper - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:42 AM

      Mr. Solomon probably thought instant replay was a good idea.

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    So he was a lawyer for 10 years and worked dor baseball for 21? Sounds like a perfect time for retirement if ya ask me.

  7. genericcommenter - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    If you manage to spend 10 years in law and another 21 as an executive in MLB and don’t at least have the option of a secure retirement, something is wrong. It’s not like he’s a recent Law grad so desperate to work that he needs to apply to that Boston firm hiring full-time associates at $10,000 per year.

  8. rico7207 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Watch out Selig. People been shot for less. And it could help the MLB!!!!

  9. georgebrett - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Now if MLB could fire Owner Bud Selig things would be even better. BTW, he was TERRIBLE with the draft this week.

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