Bud Selig, MLB commissioner, will complete his current term on Jan 24, 2015, after which he will retire. Keeping this in view, the Major League Baseball is not wasting any time, and is trying to pick his replacement as soon as possible.
The 79 year old Selig has been successfully leading MLB since September 9, 1992, when he was first selected as acting commissioner. He was named full-time commissioner on July 9, 1998, after which he took charge as the ninth commissioner of MLB.
On Thursday, the Executive Council of MLB said that a succession committee has been formed which would help in selecting the next commissioner.
The committee of seven members includes CEOs, owners and chairpersons and their names are: Bill DeWitt (Cardinals), David Montgomery (Phillies), Dick Monfort (Rockies), Arte Moreno (Angels), Jim Pohlad (Twins), Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox) and Bob Nuttig (Pirates). This seven member committee is headed by Bill DeWitt.
The committee will gather inputs and suggestions from all 30 teams, while supervising the process of choosing a new commissioner.
In his statement, DeWitt said, “Our committee will conduct a thorough, discreet process and ultimately will provide guidance to the Executive Council on identifying a successor. All of the parties involved share the goal of acting in our game’s best interests, and thus we will refrain from commenting out of respect for the confidentiality of the process.”