During a conference call this afternoon — it’s actually going on as I type this — commissioner Bud Selig announced the formation of a 14-person committee that will review on-field baseball issues. According to the commissioner, those issues will include scheduling, postseason format, umpires, instant replay and the pace of the game.
“There are no sacred cows,” Selig said.
The committee is made of four managers, four general managers and team presidents and four owners. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and journalist George Will are also part of the committee.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: Selig said the issues that arose during the postseason — umpires, scheduling, replay — had no impact on forming this committee. “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time,” he said.
UPDATE, 12:23 p.m.: Tony LaRussa, Jim Leyland, Joe Torre and Mike Scioscia are the four managers on the committee.
UPDATE, 12:32 p.m.: Selig said he believes this group could have an impact fairly quickly, within a year. “Hard to set a timetable,” Selig said. “But sooner than later.”
UPDATE, 12:36 p.m.: The complete committee:
Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa
Dodgers manager Joe Torre
Angels manager Mike Scioscia
Tigers manager Jim Leyland
Braves president John Schuerholz
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail
Former Twins general manager Terry Ryan
Indians general manager Mark Shapiro
Mariners COO Chuck Armstrong
Blue Jays CEO Paul Beeston
Cardinals owner Bill Dewitt
Phillies owner Dave Montgomery
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson
Journalist George Will