Baseball operations restructuring announced
Solomon tapped as executive VP of baseball development
Commissioner Bud Selig announced Friday that baseball development has been separated from baseball operations as part of a restructuring of the Commissioner's Office, and that Jimmie Lee Solomon has been named executive vice president of baseball development.
In his new role, Solomon will focus primarily on managing baseball academies in Compton, Calif., Houston, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as developing additional sites in the future. Solomon will also preside over the Civil Rights Game, the Futures Game and Minor League operations.
"This move, I believe, will streamline the process and allow Jimmie Lee, who has done a remarkable job in this area, the opportunity to give the baseball development side the full and undivided attention that it requires for continued growth," Selig said in a press release.
John McHale, currently the executive vice president of administration, will replace Solomon on an interim basis as the executive vice president of operations. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, previously a special assistant to Selig, has been named senior vice president of Major League operations and will also oversee international operations, umpiring and security.
"The Baseball Operations Department will be in good hands, as both John and Frank have many years of baseball operations experience at the club and Commissioner's Office levels," Selig said. "They are fully up to speed in all areas and their wealth of experience and knowledge will be beneficial to me and the 30 clubs."
McHale has served in the Commissioner's Office since 2002. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer of the Rays, president of the Tigers and executive vice president of the Rockies.
Dan Mennella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.