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Friday, July 18, 2014

Top pick for next MLB commissioner rejects job offer

Bud Selig begrudgingly accepts staying on the job another 15 years.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is set to step down from the position next January, and he already has a candidate in mind for who could replace him.

The thing is, he doesn’t want the job.

Steve Greenberg, a former MLB deputy commissioner and son of Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, is appreciative of the offer but doesn’t plan on taking it. Selig, who turns 80 later this month, has been baseball’s commissioner since 1998.

  “Early on, I told Bud I was not going to be a candidate,” Greenberg said to USA Today. “I’m sticking to that. I’m comfortable with that. I gave it a try in the early 90s, and I’m not at a place in my life where it makes sense to me. I know what’s involved. It’s a 24/7, 365-day schedule that the commissioner has to keep to do it right. The three years I spent in the commissioner’s office was exhausting.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bud selig, commissioner's office, steve greenberg

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   1. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: July 18, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4753527)
The headline here is different from the one on the article and vastly misleading. The difference between "offer" and "interest" is pretty huge. When I read the headline my first thought was Manfred had been offered the job and turned it down. There is a hell of a big gap between rejecting an offer and declaring a lack of interest in a job before even discussing it.
   2. bobm Posted: July 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM (#4753556)
I guess Bill Madlock is not disappointed.
   3. Buzzkill Posted: July 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM (#4753580)
Pete Rose is available.
   4. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: July 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM (#4753581)
If they called, I'd listen.
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4753600)
Selig, who turns 80 later this month, has been baseball’s commissioner since 1998.


Well, since 1992. There's no functional difference between "commissioner" and "acting commissioner."
   6. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4753631)
Hank Steinbrenner is tanned, rested, and ready.
   7. Ziggy: The Platonic Form of Russell Branyan Posted: July 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM (#4753658)
Alfonso Soriano is available.
   8. Steve Treder Posted: July 18, 2014 at 01:17 PM (#4753705)
The headline here is different from the one on the article and vastly misleading. The difference between "offer" and "interest" is pretty huge. When I read the headline my first thought was Manfred had been offered the job and turned it down. There is a hell of a big gap between rejecting an offer and declaring a lack of interest in a job before even discussing it.

This.
   9. JRVJ Posted: July 18, 2014 at 03:00 PM (#4753779)
Greenberg is 65.

While he's not an octogenarian, perhaps he doesn't want to deal with the cr*p that comes from being MLB commissioner at this point in his life....... (the guy is the Managing Director of an investment bank, so it's not like he is desperate for the MLB simoleons).
   10. Joe Kehoskie Posted: July 18, 2014 at 04:04 PM (#4753822)

With the cut Greenberg gets every time he brokers the sale of an MLB or other pro sports team, MLB commissioner might be a pay cut for him, especially when accounting for the time, effort, etc., commitments required for each.

From everything I've read about Greenberg, he'd be an ideal choice. (I'll still be surprised if it ends up being anyone but Rob Manfred.)
   11. Maury Brown Posted: July 18, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4753832)
For the love of humanity... it's Rob Manfred.
   12. Joe Kehoskie Posted: July 18, 2014 at 04:21 PM (#4753835)

Not, reportedly, if Jerry Reinsdorf has his way.
   13. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: July 18, 2014 at 04:34 PM (#4753849)
It's Bob Costas on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Nolan Ryan on Tuesday and Thursday, and Joe Buck on Saturday (he'll agree to work one day a week),and then, of course, Ted Lyons on Sunday.
   14. snowles Posted: July 18, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4753869)
Rob Ford should have some free time opening up this fall...
   15. jwb Posted: July 19, 2014 at 07:50 PM (#4754524)
Rob Ford complaining about drug use in baseball would be. . . awkward.
   16. GregD Posted: July 19, 2014 at 09:40 PM (#4754551)
The players keep stealing from his stash
   17. Adam Starblind Posted: July 19, 2014 at 09:59 PM (#4754555)
This was always the job George W. Bush actually wanted. He's free.
   18. eddieot Posted: July 21, 2014 at 01:02 PM (#4755223)
This was always the job George W. Bush actually wanted. He's free.

From a popcorn perspective, I would love to see this happen.
   19. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: July 21, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4755232)
From a popcorn perspective, I would love to see this happen.

NFL, NBA and NHL...the new Axis of Evil.
   20. villageidiom Posted: July 21, 2014 at 01:10 PM (#4755233)
From a popcorn perspective, I would love to see this happen.

"Today I name Sammy Sosa as Deputy Commissioner. I always said that my worst decision in baseball was letting go of him. I don't intend to make the same mistake twice."
   21. PreservedFish Posted: July 21, 2014 at 01:11 PM (#4755234)
eh
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 21, 2014 at 02:08 PM (#4755269)
MLB couldn't actually offer the job to Jeter while he's still playing, right? Too awkward with the umpires & other teams.
   23. Ron J2 Posted: July 21, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4755317)
#14 Not a given. He has dropped to 3rd in the polls, but given the low turnout levels typical of municipal elections and the fact that his supporters are pretty motivated ... well he has a chance.

Amazingly.

   24. Ron J2 Posted: July 21, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4755318)
Albert Belle is in the running.
   25. Rockwell Posted: July 21, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4755358)
How about Pete Rose?
   26. bunyon Posted: July 21, 2014 at 05:07 PM (#4755364)
If this were WWF, it would be Barry Bonds. Wearing a Jeter mask that he rips off at the presser.

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