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Potential replacements for Bud Selig include Disney’s Bob Iger and . . . Ruben Amaro?!

May 22, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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It’s Page Six stuff so take it with whatever weight you normally give Page Six stuff, but some names being bandied about by the committee looking to replace Bud Selig are starting to be leaked. One or two of them seem like what you’d expect. Another one, well, not so much:

Disney boss Bob Iger is firmly in Major League Baseball’s potential lineup of new commissioner candidates, according to sources. The Disney chairman and CEO — who oversees ABC and ESPN as part of his role — is a favorite of the league’s succession committee, sources say, which is trying to find a replacement for Bud Selig before he steps down at the end of his contract Jan. 24 . . .

. . . Other potential candidates include MLB execs such as COO Rob Manfred as well as Dodgers owner Stan Kasten and Phillies GM Rubén Amaro Jr.

Iger has some contractual issues that could prevent him from being an easy replacement for Selig. Amaro will likely only be considered until the committee takes a look at what in the holy hell he has done to the Phillies since taking over.

(h/t to Crossing Broad)

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    To be fair, his handling of the Phillies has made all of baseball look better by comparison.

  2. burgundyandgold - May 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    As a Phillies fan – Ruben for Comish!

    • commonsenseisnotcmonman - May 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      I agree with this 100%. Why should Phillies fans hog RAJ? We need to share this dude with the league, nay, the world.

      • Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Well, as long as that’s the operating logic, how about Ted Cruz?

  3. gloccamorra - May 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    IIRC, Bud Selig had to relinquish control of the Brewers to become Commissioner. I’d rule out other owners for that reason.

    Ruben Amaro isn’t that far-fetched. He’s a great judge of talent while running scouting and drafting, he just promoted beyond his level of competence. The owners obviously liked Selig’s rule by consensus, and if Amaro had the chops to achieve consensus with the Phillies’ ownership group, he might qualify.

    If the commissioner’s office staff can “rule” from behind the scenes, they could pick a figurehead to serve as the public face of baseball, with Selig’s owner consensus making all the decisions. For that, a former owner who left on good terms might be a good choice.

    Unfortunately, there aren’t many of those, and guys like Peter O’Malley and Bob Lurie are too old. We might get stuck with George W. Bush.

    • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      Two words: Bob Costas. I would so love to see him, and he doesn’t have a snowball in hell’s chance.

    • scotttheskeptic - May 22, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      I’m not so sure W. would be a bad idea.

      • recoveringcubsfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        He could order an invasion of Canada, AKA throw away billions in a Pyrrhic victory by returning baseball to Montreal. Not enough dead young Americans, though, to interest W. And what would Cheney do? Head of umpiring?

  4. Jason @ IIATMS - May 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Amaro might trade MLBAM for the NHL. Then sign the NHL to a bajillion year contract.

  5. renaado - May 22, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Doesn’t matter for me on who’ll be the commisioner is, just as long he’s fully supportin the WBC, then it’s all good.

  6. bostonfrogs - May 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Other viable candidates to replace Bud Selig include a storefront mannequin at Macy’s, a slightly tattered sock puppet, and a package of frozen peas.

    • commonsenseisnotcmonman - May 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Also, Whistler’s mother

      • Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        Norman Bates’ mother would be a more appropriate replacement for Bud Light.

    • tfbuckfutter - May 22, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Rosebud Frozen Peas. Full of country goodness and green peaness.

      • jwbiii - May 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        Wow, green? I think that’s beyond what a dose of penicillin will take care of.

  7. drewsylvania - May 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Wait, Amaro’s in the discussion? This must mean Hitler is in the discussion.


  8. Jeremy Fox - May 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    SI speculated last week that Amaro could be on the list ( Basically, Amaro’s the highest-ranking minority executive in baseball who (i) wouldn’t be considered too young for the job, (ii) wouldn’t be considered too old, (iii) has experience on the baseball side (as opposed to just being a finance guy), (iv) has a degree from an elite university. So, a longshot, but not as outlandish a possibility as it might seem at first glance.

    • mcsnide - May 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Exactly. Consider this the equivalent of the NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” so they can claim to have considered a minority, whether he had any actual shot at the job or not.

    • dan1111 - May 23, 2014 at 3:07 AM

      As long as you focus on things other than his actual competence at his current job, he seems like a great candidate.

  9. miguelcairo - May 22, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Phillies fan or not, why would you want this guy as the commissioner?

    • umrguy42 - May 22, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      I think at this point, the Phillies fans want him as Commish so he’s *out* of the Phillies’ front office :p

  10. jimmywho14 - May 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    I’ll drive Ruben there, just tell me where and when

    • ptfu - May 22, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      GoogleMaps says it’s exactly 100 miles from CB Park to the commish’s office at 245 Park Avenue in NYC. Smuggle him out in the dead of night and it’s, what, two hours via the NJ Turnpike?

    • dcarroll73 - May 22, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Wouldn’t it be better to have him stand on some agreed upon street corner at an appointed time like G. Gordon Liddy offered to do?

  11. eagles512 - May 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Please make it Amaro so ANYONE else can run the Phillies.

  12. Old Gator - May 22, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Amaro must be truly beloved in Feelie. All these supporters and well wishers here…I’m impressed. Scrooge McLoria probably won’t even bother to make himself available as a dark horse.

    • jwbiii - May 22, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      I think of Loria as the south end of a north facing horse. Dark if you wish. But he is good at extorting money for a stadium, which is a positive point among the electorate.

    • scotttheskeptic - May 22, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Loria has already been the recipient of largesse from Commissioner’s Office, and if he has observed anything, he is aware Amaro would immediately offer him three more franchises, with an easily obtained option for a fourth.

  13. albanate - May 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    This has nothing to with baseball or this post, but someone has to tell Calcaterra about the Batman 75th anniversary movie marathon in Schenectady, NY.

  14. culturecesspool - May 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Andy McPhail would be a great consideration.

    • swede700 - May 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      I’ve wondered why he isn’t being considered. He is only 61 and has been away long enough (let go in 2011) to have a fresh perspective, but is also familiar enough with the workings (and long history in the family) to do a good job.

      • culturecesspool - May 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        The whole McPhail family knows baseball.

  15. Francisco (FC) - May 22, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    In World War II some incompetent US Generals would be promoted and given a stateside job to ensure they stopped doing so much harm at the front lines. Since the ownership group makes all the decisions anyway I fully support Ruben for Commissioner. Promoting him is the ONLY way we’ll get rid of him in Philly.

    • scotttheskeptic - May 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      I don’t think that’s the only way. David Montgomery could actually read the bottom of the box scores and realize his profit is going away. Unfortunately, damage has been done here in Philly, and Ruben’s legacy will carry us into the next decade.

  16. sheriffpeyton18 - May 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I think Derrick Hall of the Arizona Diamondbacks would be a perfect choice!

  17. Robert - May 23, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    Pete Rose for Commish.

  18. 4cornersfan - May 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    The logical choice for Commissioner is George W. Bush. The former President is also a former MLB team owner and was a high school ballplayer. I never liked him as a politician or President but he would probably make a good major league commissioner. The MLB owners are, however, likely to be leery of him because he might actually do things that are good for baseball rather than for the owners.

    • swede700 - May 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      He’s too busy painting to run baseball.

  19. Minoring In Baseball - May 24, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Good, I’ve heard too many Dave Dombrowski rumors, and love to see him just stay with the Tigers. He’s done a nice job of building competitive teams since 2006.

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