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#1 JB_Iowa

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:17 PM

MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred, MLB vice president of business Tim Bronson and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner are the candidates, according to Nightengale.

 

http://www.mlbtrader...mmissioner.html

 

 

Kind of interesting -- appear to be 2 from within the current structure and one a bit more of an outsider.  But I really don't know enough about any of them to comment. 

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 07:07 AM

Everything I've read has been pointing to Manfred being the front runner. I think he's Selig's preferred choice and it wouldn't surprise me if he's the "next man up". It's an interesting process, and the odd part is we as fans won't really know what to think of the new commish (whoever it is) until a year or two into their tenure. It'll be fun to follow either way though.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 08:21 AM

Jon Heyman at CBS has an interesting story on this:

 

http://www.cbssports...mmissioner-vote

 

Hard to know if this is just a bit of a "tempest in a teapot" and if Manfred will win easily or if Reinsdorf is planning some type of upset.

 

With Reinsdorf, I'd never take any kind of bets.

 

It will be interesting to see how it all develops.  

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 08:35 AM

I applied a few weeks back but never got called :)


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 08:59 AM

I applied a few weeks back but never got called :)

Did you do the follow-up call?
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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:01 AM

No mention of Andy MacPhail... Hmm... That means he could still be a candidate for Terry Ryan's post if TR should step back.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 07:36 PM

Another interesting article on the search:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...d=tw-share&_r=1

 

Sounds like this could be interesting.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:46 PM

Did you do the follow-up call?
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yeah, it keeps going to voicemail for some guy named Roger Goodell. 


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 01:56 AM

Does Pete Rose have a chance at being reinstated under one of the three possible commish wannabees?

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:12 PM

Does Pete Rose have a chance at being reinstated under one of the three possible commish wannabees?

 

After Shoeless Joe is reinstated, of course.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:16 PM

Maybe Rose should BE the new commissioner. What do you think the odds are?

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:21 PM

Maybe Rose should BE the new commissioner. What do you think the odds are?

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 09:42 AM

I know that many people despise Selig...but IMO he has done a lot more good than bad for MLB over his tenure. Revenues have increased faster than inflation, attendance is stronger than any time in history, there's been two decades of relative labor peace. The introduction and later changes to the wild card system haven't ruined the game as many predicted,and in fact have worked as hoped IMO. Inter league play has lost some of the newness factor, but series like Twins/Brewers are an undeniable success. I would like to see the DH rule standardized, but that will probably take some time. People obsess over the AS game deciding home field for the WS, but honestly...BFD.

I hope the new commissioner, on whole, is as successful as Bud.
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Posted 09 August 2014 - 12:04 PM

I agree Chief he was a very successful commissioner. Revenues are massive, attendance is strong, mlb is among the best in new media and many other positives. This doesn't happen by accident.

He is an easy punching bag for steroids but that issue goes far behind him and mlb does better than any other sport.
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Posted 09 August 2014 - 12:47 PM

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I agree Chief he was a very successful commissioner. Revenues are massive, attendance is strong, mlb is among the best in new media and many other positives. This doesn't happen by accident.

He is an easy punching bag for steroids but that issue goes far behind him and mlb does better than any other sport.

 

But, if he had been willing to take on the steroids issue earlier, would many of those "good" things that Chief mentioned have occurred?  Would there have been massive increased revenues or labor peace?

 

Was the steroids question (and the future health of players and the teens who looked up to them) as well as the integrity of the game sacrificed to the god of money?

 

I have very mixed feelings about Selig.  In the long run, it will take someone further removed from his time of service to assess his legacy with any accuracy.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 04:01 PM

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But, if he had been willing to take on the steroids issue earlier, would many of those "good" things that Chief mentioned have occurred? Would there have been massive increased revenues or labor peace?

Was the steroids question (and the future health of players and the teens who looked up to them) as well as the integrity of the game sacrificed to the god of money?

I have very mixed feelings about Selig. In the long run, it will take someone further removed from his time of service to assess his legacy with any accuracy.


I don't think it would have been possible for Selig to go hard at steroids and still maintain labor peace and revenues at the same level.

I'm probably not the best person to reflect on this though, steroids never bothered me all that much. That is probably one reason I won't be as negative towards Selig as others.
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Posted 12 August 2014 - 12:21 AM

Revenue runs baseball, I get that, but I'd sure love to see more day games on the schedule, even if that means it's harder to put butts in seats. TV deals are making a significant portion of teams budgets and watching a game during the day is something I'd like to see more of.

 

Maybe the next commish will give us that.

 

Maybe he'll just be the next guy who manages to get 30-0 votes from owners and is just their little pony. I don't know. Having no real info on any of these guys other than what I've read the last couple weeks, either of the three should be fine. Can't see any one of them doing anything crazy.

 

I'd like to see them add 2 teams to get rid of interleague everyday and move to two divisons in each league. Maybe even have 2 play in games for the post season. Divison winners get a bye, and the next 4 best teams in each league play a play in to head to the divisional round. Who knows.

 

maybe we'll get balanced schedules too, at least within each league. I'd like to see that too.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 12:58 PM

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Vote produced 22 votes for Rob Manfred, only 1 short of election. 22-8 (werner got 8) Still work to do. #MLB #Commissioner

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 01:12 PM

Insiders who don't like change! Yay!

I don't know, it is a site to discuss sports, not airline safety.....maybe we should take it less seriously?


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Posted 14 August 2014 - 01:50 PM

Insiders who don't like change! Yay!

 

I would be careful in what you wish for. The most likely "change" from an outsider would be a hardline stance against the union. That wouldn't end well.

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