It appears Bud Selig has to move on to Plan B.
The MLB commissioner, who is set to retire from his position in January, reportedly had former deputy commissioner Steve Greenberg in mind as his successor. But the 65-year-old Greenberg, who is the managing director of investment bank Allen & Company, told USA Today he doesn’t plan on taking the job.
“Early on, I told Bud I was not going to be a candidate,” Greenberg said. “I’m sticking to that. I’m comfortable with that. I gave it a try in the early ’90s, and I’m not at a place in my life where it makes sense to me.
“I know what’s involved. It’s a 24/7, 365-day schedule that the commissioner has to keep to do it right. The three years I spent in the commissioner’s office was exhausting.”
Another potential candidate Selig, who has been baseball’s commissioner since 1998, could look to is Joe Torre.
The former Yankees manager and current MLB executive vice president for operations told New York Daily News he’d be open to replacing Selig as commissioner, but isn’t lobbying for the position.
“If the owners feel I can help baseball, I’m willing to do whatever they want me to do,” Torre said Thursday.
“I don’t envision it; I don’t anticipate it. I’m certainly not lobbying for it. Tomorrow, I’m going to be 74 years old. I want to stay involved.”