Amaro is being “considered” as the next MLB commissioner even though he has overseen the Phils’ decline on the field and in attendance and TV ratings

By Theodore N. Beitchman

There are two types of rumors:

(1) Premature facts and (2) ridiculous, unsubstantiated wild-ass figments of someone’s imagination.

Ruben Amaro Jr. being considered to replace Bud Selig as commissioner of major league baseball is decidedly the latter.

Only in the crazy world of sports journalism in 2014 would the the idea of elevating a mediocre general manager who happened to go to Stanford become an internet meme.

According to the New York Post, Amaro could be under consideration for the office alongside big-name candidates such as Disney CEO Bob Iger, former President George W. Bush, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas and former Yankees and Dodgers manager Joe Torre, among others:

“Sports Illustrated suggested this month that high-profile possibilities like Joe Torre, Bob Costas, George F. Will and Dick Ebersol are unrealistic because of their age or lack of interest in the gig. Other potential candidates include MLB execs such as COO Rob Manfred as well as Dodgers owner Stan Kasten and Phillies GM Rubén Amaro Jr.”

Candidates will be nominated by an MLB committee, and Selig’s ultimate successor would need 24 of 32 votes from team owners to become commissioner.

Amaro took over as Phillies’ general manager from Pat Gillick on Nov. 3, 2008, and in case you haven’t noticed he has had a hard time filling the great Gillick’s shoes as the Phils have no one in the farm system to replace their aging stars and attendance and TV ratings are plummeting.

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