By Steve Ungrey on July 20, 2014
It is looking more and more like Bud Selig intends to call it quits in January as MLB Commissioner, bringing to an end a two-decade stint at the top of one of the biggest sports in all of the world. Now that Selig insists he is really, finally out the door, who could replace him at the top of the game? Here are a few serious candidates and a couple of "what if" choices.
As Bud Selig's right-hand man for many years, this is the closest candidate many feel would replicate his management style. Since he and the players union have discussed topics before, Manfred could be approachable with no contempt or disgust toward the players, and that would make labor relations easy.
You might wonder how reclusive Bob Bowman is if no pictures can be found of him. His job has to do a lot with what these people are doing in the MLB Fan Cave in New York. As CEO of MLB Advanced Media, Bowman has brought the game into the 21st century with fan chats and the popular MLB TV feature. He could reintroduce the game to younger generations.
The general manager of the Detroit Tigers for 12 seasons, Dombrowski previously served with the Florida Marlins and is well known in MLB circles. He has relations with many general managers and players in the game, and some feel he is the closest front-office candidate who could handle the ins and outs of this job.
Since Bob Costas has had frank discussions about the state of MLB with both fans and players alike, he is considered a dark horse candidate. Costas insists he does not want the job and is happy with his studio host duties at NBC and calling games on MLB Network, but fans wonder what a Costas administration would look like.
Either Bush or his longtime friend, Nolan Ryan, would do a good job running MLB. Ryan has plenty of experience from his work with the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, and although Bush has his share of detractors everyone knows his love for baseball. He could bridge a gap between owners and players. Why not? He did it with Democrats and Republicans.
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