Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Monday that former American diplomat Tom Schieffer will take over the Dodgers’ finances and day-to-day business operations.
Schieffer, a former business partner of former President George W. Bush and the brother of veteran TV journalist Bob Schieffer, was the president and general partner of the Texas Rangers from 1991 until his departure in 1999. The Rangers won division titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999.
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After Schieffer left the team, President Bush appointed him Ambassador to Austrailia in 2001, where he served until 2005, when he became the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
“I commend Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s appointment of Thomas Schieffer as the monitor of the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who has been critical of the current Dodger leadership.
“With his experience and leadership as a public servant and former president of the Texas Rangers, Thomas Schieffer will be a transformative figure in restoring the traditional Dodger legacy of integrity and providing a family-friendly environment that will be a welcome development for Dodger fans across Los Angeles County,” Antonovich concluded.