Back in May, the New York Times reported that Ruben Amaro could get consideration to be Bud Selig’s replacement as baseball’s next commissioner. At the time, despite the fact that it seemed like a longshot that Amaro would get serious consideration, the report seemed like a godsend. A majority of us, not me, were under the belief that the 2014 season would run its unfortunate course, and Amaro would be out of the picture after the season. If not, this was our back-up plan.
As it turns out, it doesn’t appear that Amaro is going to be relieved of his general manager job anytime soon, and that whole commissioner fallback option doesn’t seem to be working out either.
Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal says that Rob Manfred, the MLB’s chief operating officer, seems to be the runaway favorite to be the next commissioner, with other candidates like Disney’s Bob Iger, and Bob Bowman of MLB Advanced Media all having their names still in the discussion.
The one glaring name not mentioned, was obviously one Ruben Amaro. I don’t think many of us understood how someone who a majority of pundits-both locally and nationally-think is one of the worst general managers in the league, would ever have his name thrown into the discussions anyway.
Regardless of how Amaro’s name was ever thrown in, he doesn’t seem to be a serious candidate for the job. And with names like Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa never becoming serious candidates like many speculated, it appears that Manfred is in-line to be the league’s first new commissioner since 1992.