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11/27/11 4:36 PM EST

Commissioner's statement on the passing of Jerry Clothier

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the death of Jerry Clothier, the Philadelphia Phillies' Senior Vice President of Business and Finance:

"All of us at Major League Baseball are deeply saddened by the loss of Jerry Clothier, an outstanding executive who served the Phillies with excellence since 1982. Jerry contributed greatly to this golden era of Phillies baseball that continues at Citizens Bank Park, and his skills benefited our industry as a whole in a number of ways. Jerry was a committee member on the Players Pension Plan for decades and served as a trustee on Major League Baseball's Non-Uniformed Personnel Pension Plan Committee for more than 10 years. He generously shared his expertise on a number of other committees, including revenue sharing and sound financial practices.

"On behalf of Major League Baseball and the Clubs throughout our game, I extend my deepest condolences to Jerry's wife Sherry, their daughters Amy and Kelly, and their grandchildren."

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