'Great candidate' for next MLB commissioner rejects interest

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MLB commissioner Bud Selig is set to step down from the position next January, and one candidate he has in mind for his job isn't interested.

Steve Greenberg, a former MLB deputy commissioner and son of Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, has turned down requests to make himself a candidate. Selig, who turns 80 later this month, has been baseball's commissioner since 1998.

"Early on, I told Bud I was not going to be a candidate," Greenberg said to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. "I'm sticking to that. I'm comfortable with that. I gave it a try in the early 90s, and I'm not at a place in my life where it makes sense to me. I know what's involved. It's a 24/7, 365-day schedule that the commissioner has to keep to do it right. The three years I spent in the commissioner's office was exhausting."

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf told Nightengale that, "If (Greenberg) wanted to, he'd be a great candidate."

Today, the 65-year-old Greenberg is the managing director of investment bank Allen & Company.

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