Former Texas Rangers president J. Thomas Schieffer was hired by Commissioner Bud Selig on Monday to run the Los Angeles Dodgers, less than a week after Major League Baseball took over operation of the franchise from owner Frank McCourt.
Schieffer, younger brother of “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, took over immediately. In seizing control of the franchise, MLB told the Dodgers that any expenditure of $5,000 or more would have to be approved.
The 63-year-old Schieffer served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives in the 1970s after being elected at the age of 25 and was president of the Rangers from 1991-99. President George W. Bush appointed him ambassador to Australia in 2001, a job held until he became ambassador to Japan from 2005-09. In business, Schieffer managed investments in oil and gas.
“Tom is a distinguished public servant who has represented the nation with excellence and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership throughout his career,” Selig said in a statement. “The many years that he spent managing the operations of a successful franchise will benefit the Dodgers and Major League Baseball as a whole.”
SETBACK FOR YANKEES’ HUGHES
Injured Yankees starter Phil Hughes had setback Monday in his rehabilitation from a “dead arm,” cutting short a bullpen session after about a dozen pitches.
Hughes went on the disabled list April 15 because of a significant drop in his velocity. The team was impressed with Hughes’ progress and was planning to have him make a rehab start later this week, but he was not even able to complete an “inning” of 15 pitches.
“It’s just the same as before,” Hughes said.
Troubled former Tampa Bay Rays player Elijah Dukes has been charged in Florida with driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license. ... Brandon Webb is pitching in games again and Tommy Hunter is back on the mound throwing batting practice for the Rangers. Webb, still trying to come back from right shoulder surgery in 2009, needed 16 pitches to get through two perfect innings in an extended spring training game in Arizona. ... Former All-Star catcher Dioner Navarro was activated by the Dodgers after missing the start of the season with a strain on his right side. ... The Arizona Diamondbacks put infielder Willie Bloomquist, a South Kitsap graduate and former Seattle Mariner, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Arizona selected the contract of former Mariners infielder Josh Wilson from Triple-A Reno. ... Jose Contreras’ strained right forearm was examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti in Philadelphia and the Phillies’ closer is scheduled for an MRI today. ... Oakland activated reliever Michael Wuertz from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Bobby Cramer to Triple-A Sacramento.