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MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "Very Optimistic" About Succession Plan

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig today in his annual pre-All-Star Game address said he has been in regular contact with the recently appointed committee to identify his successor, and he is “very optimistic” the league’s 10th commissioner will be named before his planned retirement in January. The panel of seven owners is being led by the Cardinals' Bill DeWitt Jr. “The group is doing fine. Quiet. Thoughtful. The process has worked exactly the way I thought it would,” Selig said. He did not go into detail regarding the group’s progress to date, but acknowledged there has been “lots of conversation” between him and the committee.

Selig also touched on a variety of other topics, including instant replay, pace of game, and future All-Star Games. He issued some of his most pointed comments regarding the A's ballpark situation. Selig said the league and the A’s have been through “the tortures of hell” trying to get the lease extension done. He also called Oakland City Council suggestions that he has seriously considered allowing the club to pursue permanent relocation out of the Bay Area “patently absurd.”
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