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Originally published Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

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Baseball commissioner Bud Selig looks likely to retire in January 2015

Selig, 79, said he does not intend to reverse his retirement decision.


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The announcement Thursday that Major League Baseball has created a succession committee is the latest sign that commissioner Bud Selig might truly retire next January.

St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr., the chairman of the committee, provided a wish list for the qualities he was seeking in the next commissioner.

“A strong CEO, a visionary leader who has a passion for the game, who will look to maintain the integrity of the game and continue to grow the great game of baseball,” DeWitt said at a news conference at MLB headquarters in New York. DeWitt, who was asked by Selig to head the search, added that Selig had done “a wonderful job.”

Selig, 79, has grown accustomed to the reality that he will end his final term in eight months, he said, and he does not intend to reverse his retirement decision.

“I know they’ve rehired me four or five times, and people thought it might happen again,” Selig said. “But it’s not.”

He would not comment on whether any owners had asked him to stay.

Rangers have losing record

The Texas Rangers are really hurting. Along with adding Martin Perez and Matt Harrison to an already crowded disabled list, and possibly being without both left-handed starters the rest of this year and beyond, the Rangers (20-21) have a losing record this late in a season for the first time since 2009.

“We’ll just keep battling and keep seeing what resources we have and keep running them out there,” manager Ron Washington said.

Except the injuries just seem to keep coming. The Rangers have 13 players on the disabled list, easily the most in the majors.

“Just the sheer number of injuries we’ve had, it’s startling,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “We’ve had a combination of everything. ... We’ve had freak deals.”

The Rangers are fourth in the AL West and five games behind leading Oakland.

Notes

• Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will have Tommy John surgery, ending the season for the reigning NL Rookie of the Year. Fernandez becomes the latest in a string of major-league pitchers this year who have needed Tommy John surgery. Fernandez was 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts this season.

• The Padres acquired outfielder Jake Goebbert in a deal that sent utility player Kyle Blanks to Oakland. The Padres will also get another player to be determined or cash.

• The Rays put second baseman Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list because of a dislocated left thumb.

• Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran was placed on the 15-day disabled list because a pain-relief injection did not ease the effects of a bone spur in his right elbow.



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