Commissioner Bud Selig expects baseball owners to vote next week from a list of three candidates for his successor.
“Yes, there will be a vote in Baltimore,” Selig said Wednesday, referring to the owners’ meeting next week.
Selig said the seven-member panel appointed earlier this year, and headed by St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., worked independently to get to this point.
“I told them at the time that the job was theirs because, after all, they have to live with the commissioner. I’m going to be gone,” said Selig, who is retiring in January.
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The reported finalists for the job are Rob Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer; Tim Brosnan, MLB’s executive vice president for business; and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.
When asked about those names, Selig said “the list is accurate.”
The commissioner has refrained from publicly endorsing anyone as his replacement after 22 years on the job.
• The Dodgers designated ex-Mariner Chone Figgins for assignment. Figgins, 36, batted .217 in 38 games this season. Miguel Rojas’ ability to provide an outstanding defensive option at shortstop left no room for Figgins on the roster. Figgins’ four-year, $36 million contract with the Mariners lasted through 2013.
• The Indians plan an extensive renovation of Progressive Field over the next two years, remodeling the 20-year-old downtown ballpark to better connect with their fans. The changes will require a modest reduction in seats, which the team will offset by the addition of social areas to accommodate fans.
• The Padres hired A.J. Preller as general manager. Preller has been assistant GM of the Texas Rangers.