09/28/2010 6:04 PM ET
DuPuy resigns as president and COO
Will work with MLB on special projects
Major League Baseball announced today that Bob DuPuy has resigned as President and Chief Operating Officer, effective October 31st. At the request of Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, DuPuy will continue to work on assigned special projects, including with the Committee that is evaluating the Oakland A's stadium situation.
DuPuy has served as Major League Baseball's President and COO since March 7, 2002. His involvement with Major League Baseball began in 1989, when he was retained as outside legal counsel as a member of the law firm, Foley and Lardner. He negotiated the settlement of the collusion grievance in 1990, and served as the principal outside counsel to Commissioner Selig and the Executive Council from 1992 until 1998, when he joined MLB full-time as its Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Legal Officer.
In his time with Major League Baseball, DuPuy played a significant role in the formation of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, serving as its initial Chief Executive Officer and as Chairman of the Board since MLBAM's inception. He was a key member of the bargaining team that helped negotiate the last two labor agreements with the Major League Baseball Players Association and participated in the negotiation of the current broadcasting agreements with FOX and ESPN. He also oversaw the consolidation of the American and National Leagues into the Central Offices. More recently, he was directly involved in the negotiations that resulted in the construction of a new ballpark in Miami and in the sale of the Texas Rangers.
DuPuy will continue to make his skills and experience available to Major League Baseball for special projects.
DuPuy said: "It has been a great privilege to serve the Commissioner and the 30 Clubs for more than 20 years in my various positions and I greatly appreciate the confidence they have shown me throughout. I am very grateful to the entire MLB and MLBAM staff for their tireless energy and devotion to the game. I look forward to continuing to serve in my new role."
"Bob has served Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs with diligence and dedication since he joined our offices in 1998," said Commissioner Selig. "His legal expertise has been invaluable in the resolution of numerous challenging issues that have faced our industry. I am pleased that I can continue to draw on Bob's talents in the future."
With DuPuy's departure, senior staff of Major League Baseball will report directly to the Commissioner. No replacement for the position of President is being contemplated at this time.