Jimmie Lee Solomon
Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations
Jimmie Lee Solomon, who has served Major League Baseball in a variety of operational capacities since 1991, is MLB's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. He was named to the position by Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig on June 1, 2005.
Prior to this assignment, Solomon was MLB's Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for five years, overseeing Major League, Minor League and International Baseball Operations, the Major League Scouting Bureau, the Arizona Fall League and numerous special projects. As Executive VP of Baseball Operations, Solomon is responsible for such additional areas as on-field discipline and security and facility management and is a member of baseball's Playing Rules Committee. He reports to MLB President and Chief Operating Officer Bob DuPuy.
Solomon has overseen the launches of several important MLB initiatives, including the 2006 opening of the MLB Urban Youth Academy at Compton College in California and such annual events as the MLB Umpire Camps in 2006, the Civil Rights Game in 2007 and the 2008 debut of the annual MLB Urban Invitational, a college baseball tournament that featured UCLA, USC, Bethune-Cookman and Southern University. In 2008, when Commissioner Selig decided to implement limited instant replay for the first time, Solomon oversaw the development of the system prior to its successful launch in August.
Solomon, who has a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Harvard, joined Major League Baseball in 1991 as Director of Minor League Operations. He subsequently was promoted to Executive Director of Minor League Operations and then to Senior VP of Baseball Operations. As Major League Baseball's principal conduit to the Minor Leagues, Solomon negotiated two landmark agreements with the National Association. The first, a 10-year, $170 million agreement in 1997, revitalized the relationship between the two organizations. In 2005, he negotiated an agreement that replaced the 1997 contract with one that provides MLB an economic benefit that amounts to more than $200 million over 10 years.
Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Solomon was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the Baker & Hostetler law firm. During his 10 years with the firm, he represented and provided counsel to a combination of corporate and sports industry clients.