06/01/2005 5:05 PM ET
Solomon named MLB Executive VP, Baseball Operations
Jimmie Lee Solomon, who has served Major League Baseball since 1991 in a variety of operational capacities, has been named Major League Baseball's Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today.
Solomon succeeds Sandy Alderson, who left the Commissioner's Office last month to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Padres.
Prior to this assignment, which begins today, Solomon was the Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations for five years and oversaw Major League, Minor League, and International Baseball Operations, the Major League Scouting Bureau, the Arizona Fall League and numerous special projects, including the launching of the Major League Baseball Youth Academy at Compton College in Compton, California.
As Executive VP, Baseball Operations, Solomon will now be responsible for such additional areas as on-field discipline, security, and facility management. He will report to MLB President and Chief Operating Officer Bob DuPuy.
"Major League Baseball is fortunate to have a man of Jimmie Lee's experience, intellect, and dedication already on board to handle such a complex and important position as the chief of our Baseball Operations," said Selig. "Over the years he has demonstrated considerable skill in working through the labyrinth of our minor league system. I have great confidence that he will be an enormous success in this key position."
Solomon said, "I am very grateful to Commissioner Selig and Bob DuPuy for giving me this terrific opportunity. I believe that my experience in the Commissioner's Office, particularly the opportunity to work so closely with Sandy Alderson, has seasoned me for this very important post. This is a real challenge and I am looking forward to it with great enthusiasm."
Major League Baseball is in the process of interviewing candidates for the Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations position. The Senior VP will report to Solomon and will concentrate on day-to-day baseball operations issues and will deal directly with the Major League clubs on such issues.
Solomon, who has a law degree from Harvard and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, 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, 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. And, earlier this year, he negotiated an agreement that replaced the 1997 contract with one that provides Major League Baseball 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 ten years with the firm, he represented and provided counsel to a combination of corporate and sports industry clients.