Major League Baseball has decided to appoint Tom Schieffer, a former president of the Texas Rangers, as trustee to oversee the day-to-day operations and finances of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The move, which was announced on Monday, completes last week's announcement by commissioner Bud Selig the MLB would be taking over the running of the Dodgers.Schieffer has quite a history, in and out of baseball.
A former attorney, Schieffer, 63, was elected to the Texas state House of Representatives at age 25, and served three terms. He was an investor in the Rangers' ownership group under George W. Bush, and after his days in Texas worked with Bush again. Schieffer was the United States Ambassador to Australia from 2001-2005 and then was the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2005-2009.
"We are very fortunate to have someone of Tom Schieffer's stature monitor the operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers on behalf of Major League Baseball," Selig said on Monday. "Tom is a distinguished public servant who has represented the nation with excellence and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership throughout his career. The many years that he spent managing the operations of a successful franchise will benefit the Dodgers and Major League Baseball as a whole. I am grateful for Tom's acceptance of this role."
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