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MLB COMMISSIONER SCENARIO: A COLEMAN HEATER?
Published March 23, 1998
Because MLB management "has accomplished previously unimaginable things" during the reign of Acting Commissioner Bud Selig, "many owners have lost their desire to hire an outside candidate," according to Tom Haudricourt of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. With COO Paul Beeston running the business side, the "prevailing theory is 'don't fix what ain't broke.'" One possible scenario has Beeston remaining as COO, Selig staying in his post as Chair of the Executive Council and "someone such as" NL President Len Coleman being "named commissioner in what amounts to a figurehead role" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/22). In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark wrote there are "indications Coleman has emerged as a prime in-house alternative to Selig as permanent commissioner" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/22). IF A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST...: In N.Y., Murray Chass, writing on the inaction during the search for a commissioner, asked, "So does anybody really care?" Red Sox CEO John Harrington: "Everybody does." But Twins Owner Carl Pohlad said there has "been less conversation 'than you'd think.'" Pohlad: "It's been strangely silent" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/22)....In Boston, Peter Gammons wrote that Selig and Beeston "should seriously consider enlisting" Paul Molitor as a Deputy Commissioner and liaison to the MLBPA after he retires at the end of the season. Gammons: "[F]ew union leaders have ever understood management's side more than Molitor" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/22)....In N.Y., Tom Keegan wrote that Expos ownership is a "topic that should have been discussed" at MLB's quarterly meeting. Keegan called the Expos a "disgrace. And their competitors are growing sick and tired of it." One MLB club exec: "Teams are losing money going there to play. A lot of people are fed up with the way that's being run up there" (N.Y. POST, 3/22).