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The key players

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 11, 2002


Bud Selig

COMMISSIONER

Selig was president of the Brewers and chairman of baseball's Executive Council until being elected as baseball's ninth commissioner in 1998. He has presided since 1992 and was in charge in 1994 when players went on strike for 272 days. While Selig has been in charge, baseball started interleague play, added a wild card to the playoffs, restructured and realigned the divisions and increased revenue sharing.

Robert DuPuy

MLB CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

An Ivy Leaguer and Vietnam veteran, DuPuy had been executive vice president for administration and chief legal officer since 1998. He replaced Paul Beeston as president and chief operating officer in March. He is baseball's lead lawyer on the Labor Relations Committee that is negotiating with the union on a new collective-bargaining agreement.

Robert Manfred

MLB EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,

LABOR RELATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCES

Manfred is one of four executive vice presidents and reports to Selig. Recognized for his experience with collective bargaining, the 1983 graduate of Harvard Law School is responsible for labor relations and human resources in addition to the overseeing the relationship between the clubs and union.

Donald Fehr

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MLBPA

Considered by some to be the most powerful man in baseball, Fehr's involvement with the union began in earnest in 1977 when he became its legal counsel. The players elected Fehr, who earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973, as executive director in 1983. An acclaimed negotiator, he shepherded the union through the 1985 strike, 1990 lockout and the 1994 strike and won $280-million when the owners colluded to thwart free agency.

Gene Orza

ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE MLBPA

A graduate of the St. John's and Georgetown law schools, Orza first worked for the National Labor Relations Board as executive assistant to the chairman. He has been in this job since 1984 and serves as the lead negotiator in collective-bargaining sessions when Fehr is absent. Among his other responsibilities, Orza is the union's representative on the Health Policy Advisory Council.

-- Times staff writer Kevin Kelly and Times researcher Kitty Bennett compiled this report, which used information from Major League Baseball and other news organizations.

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