Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski, right, helps pitcher Joe Nathan put on a jersey at a news conference in Detroit Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms with free agent reliever Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016 on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Dave Dombrowski, the next commissioner of major league baseball? While he’s flattered to hear talk that he could be in line to fill the shoes of Bud Selig when Selig opts to leave the position as Czar over the big leagues, Dombrowski, president CEO and general manger of the Detroit Tigers, as is his habit, played his cards close to the vest when the question was posed to him during Saturday’s Tigerfest at Comerica Park.
Selig, who originally began as interim MLB commissioner in 1992 after Fay Vincent died and has filled the position on a full-time basis since July 9, 1998, has suggested that he will retire when his contract expires on Jan. 24, 2015, but he’s hinted at such in the past and never followed through.
“The commissioner has announced that he’s going to retire,” Dombrowski said. “Only he knows if he is going to retire.
“He swears he is and really, it’s not my business nor is it anyone else’s. It’s his life.
“He is the commissioner and he’s done a tremendous job for major-league baseball. I take it as a compliment to have my name mentioned, but that’s doesn’t mean anything because they’re just rumours.”
Entering his 13th season as the man overseeing all of Detroit’s baseball operations, the Tigers have won three American League Central Division titles under Dombrowski’s tutelage and captured a pair of American League pennants. They’ve played in four AL Championship Series and two World Series, but haven’t won the Fall Classic in that span, and Dombrowski, 57, sounded very much like a man who doesn’t plan to depart before completing the mission.
“I have a job that I enjoy very much,” Dombrowski said. “I like being with the Detroit Tigers organization.
“I enjoy what I do and that’s my total focus.”
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