NEW YORK — Commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday announced the formation of a committee made up of owners tasked with identifying a successor ahead of his January retirement.
"I know a lot of people, including my own family, have had a hard time accepting it," Selig, commissioner since 1992, said of retiring. "They've rehired me four or five times, and I understand people kept thinking that was going to happen again. But it's not; 23 years is enough."
The committee chairman, the Cardinals' Bill DeWitt, declined to discuss candidates or timetables. Rob Manfred and fellow MLB executive vice president Tim Brosnan are considered the top candidates, according to multiple media reports.
Others on the committee are: the Rockies' Dick Monfort, Phillies' Dave Montgomery, Angels' Arte Moreno, Pirates' Bob Nutting and Twins' Jim Pohlad.
Fernandez surgery: Miami ace Jose Fernandez is set for Tommy John surgery today. The graduate of Tampa's Alonso High will miss 12-18 months.
Blue Jays: OF Colby Rasmus went on the DL with a tight right hamstring.
Giants: RHP Tim Hudson will miss tonight's start with a strained left hip as a precaution. Yusmeiro Petit, who started two games for the injured Matt Cain earlier this year, will start.
Indians: OF Nyjer Morgan went on the DL with a sprained right knee sustained while chasing a fly ball Wednesday. Also, OF Michael Brantley sat with a stiff back and is day to day.
Mets: C Travis d'Arnaud went on the seven-day concussion list after being hit by the follow-through of a swing Tuesday.
Pirates: OF Starling Marte, dealing with a tight back, did not start but was available.
Yankees: OF/DH Carlos Beltran went on the DL after a cortisone injection did not ease the effects of a bone spur in his right elbow. If the pain doesn't subside over the next two weeks, surgery is likely. That would keep him out for 6-8 weeks.
A's-Padres trade: Oakland acquired OF/1B Kyle Blanks for a minor-leaguer and player to be named later. To make room, Oakland designated 1B Daric Barton, its longest-tenured player at eight seasons, for assignment.