Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball’s executive council announced Thursday the formation of a succession committee, whose work will include the selection process of the game’s next commissioner.
The executive council has convened several times in recent months regarding the procedural steps ahead, MLB said in a news release. As a result of those meetings, a seven-member committee has been formed to act on behalf of the executive council in overseeing the succession process and collecting the input of all 30 major league clubs.
The committee will be chaired by William O. (Bill) DeWitt, Jr., principal owner and chief executive officer of the St. Louis Cardinals. The other members are Colorado Rockies owner, chairman and CEO Dick Monfort; Philadelphia Phillies general partner, president and CEO David Montgomery; Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno; Pittsburgh Pirates chairman Bob Nutting; Minnesota Twins CEO Jim Pohlad; and Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
“Our committee will conduct a thorough, discreet process and ultimately will provide guidance to the executive council on identifying a successor,” DeWitt said in a statement. “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.”
Selig has led MLB since Sept. 9, 1992, when, as chairman of the executive council, he became interim commissioner. He was unanimously elected baseball’s ninth commissioner on July 9, 1998.
On Sept. 26, 2013, Selig announced his plans to retire upon the completion of his current term, which runs through Jan. 24, 2015.
SURGERY SET FOR FERNANDEZ
Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday morning in Los Angeles, CBSSports.com reported Thursday.
The right-handed Fernandez was found to have a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament earlier in the week.
The usual recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months.
Fernandez, 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA, felt pain in his last start against the Padres in San Diego, and went for an MRI, when the tear was discovered.
Noted surgeon Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery.
Meanwhile, commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday he is concerned about the recent increase of Tommy John surgeries and other injuries suffered by major league pitchers.
MLB recently formed a committee to look into pitching injuries.
“I’m almost afraid to pick up the paper because of the bad news,’’ Selig said, according to ESPN.com. “I’m very worried over the fact that it’s happening with so much regularity, over and over. We have some great young arms, and it’s very sad.
“Let’s see if we can find out some answers. Nobody has them, I’ll tell you that -- including the doctors and trainers. Everybody you talk to has a different opinion.”
NO PUNISHMENT FOR UMP
Major League Baseball will not discipline umpire Paul Nauert for putting his hand on Torii Hunter’s face during a benches-clearing altercation between the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles, ESPN.com reported Thursday.
Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president of on-field operations, reviewed the incident from Monday’s game and talked with Nauert on Wednesday. The Detroit News, citing a baseball source, reported that Torre and Nauert discussed how the incident could be misinterpreted by the public.
“Joe Torre had a good conversation with Paul,” an MLB spokesman told several media outlets. “We consider the matter closed. Paul will not be disciplined.”
Both dugouts emptied onto the field after Tigers outfielder Hunter took exception to being hit in the ribs by the Orioles’ Bud Norris just one pitch after Ian Kinsler’s two-run homer gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning.
Hunter immediately came to Nauert’s defense.
“It’s nothing to really investigate,” Hunter said Tuesday. “If MLB came to me (to ask about Nauert), I wouldn’t even talk to them.”
Texas Rangers pitcher Martin Perez will reportedly decide Friday if he will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. Perez was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament but could instead opt to rehab it for 10-12 weeks ... New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud was put on the seven-day concussion disabled list Thursday. He experienced headaches after being struck by the bat of Alfonso Soriano Tuesday night ... The New York Yankees put outfielder Carlos Beltran on the disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow. Beltran had a cortisone shot in the hopes of avoiding the DL but the Yankees decided to give him some time off anyway ... The Oakland Athletics designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment after acquiring first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks from the San Diego Padres.