By Jacob Kornhauser on July 19, 2014
Joe Torre has been involved in baseball for almost his entire life and the coronation of that baseball career should be being named MLB commissioner to follow up Bud Selig after this season. There are many reasons he makes sense as a successor to Selig, but here are the five best.
It can't be understated how important Torre's playing career would be in his stint as commissioner. As the commissioner basically works for the owners, sometimes the player's union doesn't get equal representation. However, Torre can see where players are coming from on certain issues so he could help bridge the gap between the business side and the playing side of the game.
Torre has managed for both the Yankees and Dodgers in the recent past, so he still has connections in both leagues. Being able to relate to owners and players in both leagues is important for a commissioner and it's a sure advantage Torre has over other candidates.
Pretty much right when he hung up the coaching spikes, Torre was asked to be involved in league affairs. He's seemingly done a marvelous job in that post, so moving into the highest ranking office in baseball seems like the most logical next step.
As he worked in pretty much every facet of baseball, Torre has earned the respect of everyone within the game. He earned the respect of players by playing and coaching at the highest level. Additionally, in the office of the commissioner, he's earned the respect of some of the league's higher ups as well. Obviously he will have his critics like anyone, but he seems like the most popular candidate for everyone in baseball.
This isn't a guarantee, but having a former player at the helm is the best chance Pete Rose is going to get to be reinstated. Most people realize that the all-time hits leader deserves to reach the Hall of Fame before he dies, and Torre might provide the best chance of that happening.
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