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07:17 AM ET 09.27 | Officially, Bud Selig has let the world know he'll step down as baseball's commissionership on Jan. 24, 2015. [It] is entirely unclear throughout all areas of the sport, from the league office to the union to inside clubhouses, who will be the sport's 10th commissioner. The odds-on favorite is Rob Manfred. ... Tim Brosnan, who runs MLB's business operations, is even better versed in the money-making operations, and some consider him a stronger candidate than Manfred. And while Bob Bowman has helped grow MLB Advanced Media into one of the greatest new-media success stories there is, and is considered among the most brilliant people in the sport, two sources said his reputation as someone who is abrasive could hinder him from getting a job that relies so much on public perception. If baseball desires a great ambassador who could let others do the dirty work, Joe Torre is a possibility.

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September 27, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Next commissioner? Baseball hasn't had a commissioner for over twenty years. Selig has basically been chairman of an owners' committee.

September 27, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Who cares...

September 27, 2013  09:45 AM ET

They will hire an empty suit that will do what owners tell him to do.

September 27, 2013  10:34 AM ET

Bob Costas?

September 27, 2013  12:21 PM ET

.....bobby v...bobby v....bobby v....

September 27, 2013  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

.....bobby v...bobby v....bobby v....

We want things to be better in baseball not worse.

September 27, 2013  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

.....bobby v...bobby v....bobby v....

A guy that couldn't manage a team is going to manage MLB?

September 27, 2013  12:47 PM ET

How about Davey Johnson?
He's younger than Selig, but old enough to meet the rule about not selecting somebody who's so young that he's going to be around forever in case he does a terrible job (like they do with Popes).

September 27, 2013  12:54 PM ET

No one who managed an MLB baseball team could be a successful commissioner. The skills sets are not the same and are nearly mutually exclusive. You need a politician or a business manager.

September 27, 2013  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

.....bobby v...bobby v....bobby v....

After the debacle that was last season's Red Sox and his recent 9-11 Yankees rant, I doubt that Bobby will ever work in baseball or broadcasting again.

September 27, 2013  12:58 PM ET

Just give us someone who will actually give a damn about "the integrity of the game." And maybe someone who will get the pants back up off the shoetops. I just hate that. But that's just me...

September 27, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

No one who managed an MLB baseball team could be a successful commissioner. The skills sets are not the same and are nearly mutually exclusive. You need a politician or a business manager.

Hmmm, Mitt Romney isn't busy right now...but I suspect he'd want to be able to run for office again (not that anybody else would want him to).

September 27, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Hmmm, Mitt Romney isn't busy right now...but I suspect he'd want to be able to run for office again (not that anybody else would want him to).

He did do a good job with the Oympics.

September 27, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Just give us someone who will actually give a damn about "the integrity of the game." And maybe someone who will get the pants back up off the shoetops. I just hate that. But that's just me...

Has Steve Garvey been behaving himself lately?

September 27, 2013  01:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Has Steve Garvey been behaving himself lately?

I think he's battling prostate cancer.

September 27, 2013  01:49 PM ET

Anybody over the age of 60 should not get the job. It is a job you need to grow into to become really good at and if you start at 65, you will retire by the time you become really good at it and not reap the rewards of being great at it. By the age of 60, if you have not shown the ability to do this job, you never will.

If I where hiring for the job, I would require a few things, a) somebody who has ran a business of some kind (preferably a big business) since baseball is the same thing as the corner store, just more complicated, b) be able to expand the product to get more money for the players and owners, and c) somebody who loves the game and would do no obvious harm to it. Obvious is a subjective term. For example, Sosa and McGwire were great for business back in the day and gave the sport life again but has repercussions today. Has that caused more harm than good? It can be debated on both sides Remember, the strike just happened and fans were not coming back to the game as quickly as management wanted. The HR chase brought almost everybody back. Would the fans be there today if there was no HR chase? Nobody knows that answer. I know people who will still not watch the MLB due the strike and it is safe to assume there would be much more if there was no reason to come back.

September 27, 2013  02:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They will hire an empty suit that will do what owners tell him to do.

Isn't that what any majority shareholders do in a corporation? After all they are the OWNERS.
That being said they would be wise to pick someone who can work effectively with the players union.

September 27, 2013  02:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Just give us someone who will actually give a damn about "the integrity of the game." And maybe someone who will get the pants back up off the shoetops. I just hate that. But that's just me...

I like that, a showing of stirrups should be included in those things Crash Davis rants about: "There should be a constitutional amendment outlawing the DH and artificial turf, and baseball pants that go below the mid-shin....and that other stuff about long, slow, wet kisses that last 3 days."

 
September 27, 2013  06:31 PM ET

there will be a extra seat available,, but who would be the right element to get it?

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