MLB Appoint Torre as Exec VP of Baseball Operations

March 1, 2011

Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig announced over the weekend that Joe Torre had been appointed as the league’s new Executive Vice-President of Baseball Operations, completing a long transition for the department.

Torre will oversee all on-field matters, including umpiring, rules and discipline and act as a liaison to the 30 General Managers, and as a result, will become one of the major public faces for MLB.

The four-time World Series champion replaces John McHale, MLB Executive Vice-President of Administration, who had been running the department on an interim basis since last June after fellow league Executive Vice-President Jimmie Lee Solomon was reassigned to a baseball development role. McHale will now return to his prior role.

Selig made the announcement at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the new Spring Training complex for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondacks in Scottsdale, stating: “This is a very critical appointment. As I thought about this a lot over the past year, he’s really uniquely suited for this position.”