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PAULIE'S CHORE: BEESTON EYEING WATSON FOR NEW MLB POST?

          Bud Selig's official appointment as MLB's full-time
     commissioner is "an opportunity to start the long-awaited
     revamping of the commissioner's office," according to David
     Rawnsley of BASEBALL AMERICA, who writes that "several" MLB
     officials said that COO Paul Beeston "submitted a revised
     organizational chart" for approval at last March's owners'
     meetings.  A "key element" of the plan is the creation of a
     new Senior Exec VP position, and Beeston's "first choice"
     for the new spot "was said to be" Braves GM John Schuerholz. 
     However, Beeston was unable to persuade Schuerholz to take a
     sabbatical from the Braves to take the post, and Rawnsley
     writes that "most speculation now seems to point" to former
     Yankees/Astros GM Bob Watson for the position (BA, 8/17).
     Twins DH Paul Molitor "insists there's nothing to
     speculation he'll take a position in the commissioner's
     office if he retires after this season" (USA TODAY, 8/7).
          BASEBALL BITS: Selig is the subject of an extensive Q&A
     with BASEBALL AMERICA's Alan Schwarz.  Selig, asked whether
     some MLB teams may have to relocate in the near future: "I
     won't give odds, because obviously in my position I don't do
     that, but I would say the next two or three years.  And
     maybe sooner than later" (BASEBALL AMERICA, 8/17 issue). 

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