BOSTON (CBS) — When it came to speculation about a future MLB commissioner working in Red Sox ownership, it always centered around Larry Lucchino. As it turns out, the next commissioner of MLB may very well be a member of Sox ownership, but it won’t be Lucchino.
It may be Tom Werner.
The Red Sox chairman is one of three finalists for the job, according to USA Today.
“A high-ranking MLB executive with direct knowledge of the hiring process” told Bob Nightengale that Werner, MLB COO Rob Manred and MLB’s executive VP of business are the three finalists.
MLB owners will vote for the next commissioner on Aug. 14. A candidate must receive 23 of 30 possible votes in order to be named to the job, according to the report.
Bud Selig is currently in his final year as commissioner. He ran the league from 1992-98 before officially gaining the title of commissioner.
Werner, 64, along with John Henry and Lucchino, purchased the Red Sox in 2002. He has served as the chairman, a position he also holds for Liverpool Football Club. Previously, Werner worked as a television executive, notably serving as executive producer of “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne” and “That ’70s Show.”
Bob Nightengale of the USA Today called in to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich and discussed the three finalists for the MLB commissioner job, specifically Red Sox owner Tom Werner, listen below: