Page Six of the New York Post reports Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger is a leading candidate for Bud Selig's replacement as commissioner of baseball. He might or might not be right for the job — Iger's obviously one of the most successful executives in the world, but he's also been at Disney since 1974. Being a good CEO is fine, but other than that, what does he offer? Producing a couple of baseball movies?
Not that "being in baseball" necessarily makes the perfect candidate. To the Post:
Other potential candidates include MLB execs such as COO Rob Manfred as well as Dodgers owner Stan Kasten and Phillies GM Rubén Amaro Jr.
Page Six might have been trolled. Manfred is a leading candidate, and perhaps the favorite, but Stan Kasten and Ruben Amaro???!!! Despite Kasten's long history as an executive in baseball and elsewhere, he's a tad too emotional and chatty with the media to be relied upon to lead the entire sport. When he was in charge of the Washington Nationals, some shady dealings went down for which he wasn't held responsible. But they were still shady and he was still the president.
Amaro, 49, has been general manager of the Phillies since 2009 and the organization has been declining ever since he took over. Even if they weren't declining, what exactly has Amaro done as an industry leader to suggest he could, well, lead the industry? Amaro is young, relative to some of the others named, so he has that going for him.
Kasten and Amaro, in their respective ways, are bizarre candidates, if they're really candidates.
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