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NEW NAME FLOATED FOR MLB COMMISSIONER, BUT WILL SELIG STAY?
Published January 14, 1997
MLB begins its ownership meeting today in Scottsdale, AZ, where the Executive Council will reportedly appoint a search committee for a new commissioner, according to Murray Chass of the N.Y. TIMES. But "not everyone in baseball is convinced that the search for a commissioner will lead anywhere but to [Acting Commissioner Bud] Selig himself." Selig "steadfastly says that he does not want the job." Chass notes "no new names have jumped to the forefront. But one name certain to come up" is Peter Goldmark Jr., who recently announced his intention to resign as President of the Rockefeller Foundation. Goldmark served as a management-appointed member of baseball's economic study committee in the early '90's (N.Y. TIMES, 1/14). In L.A., Ross Newhan notes that despite a search committee, Selig "will probably remain as acting commissioner through the 1997 season, at least" (L.A. TIMES, 1/14). Selig, on reports he "covets" the commissioner's job: "They're wrong, dead wrong" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 1/14).