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Selig announces panel for on-field matters

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig today announced the formation of a 14-person committee to review on-field matters.

"The Committee will have the opportunity to review and make recommendations on all aspects of the game on the field, from scheduling, to playoff formats, to umpiring, to pace of game, to instant replay and to whatever other issues the Committee deems appropriate. There will be no sacred cows," Selig said during a conference call with reporters.

The Special Committee for On-Field Matters will schedule its first meeting shortly after the start of the New Year.

The panel will be chaired by Selig and will consist of four current managers, four current general managers, four owner representatives and two additional members:

Field Managers - Tony La Russa, St. Louis Cardinals; Jim Leyland, Detroit Tigers; Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; and Joe Torre, Los Angeles Dodgers.
General Managers - Andy MacPhail, formerly General Manager of the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs and currently President, Baseball Operations, Baltimore Orioles; Terry Ryan, formerly General Manager of the Minnesota Twins and currently Twins' Senior Advisor to the General Manager; John Schuerholz, formerly General Manager of the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves and currently Braves' President; and Mark Shapiro, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cleveland Indians.
Club Owners and Presidents - Chuck Armstrong, President and Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Mariners; Paul Beeston, President, Toronto Blue Jays; Bill DeWitt, Chairman of the Board and General Partner, St. Louis Cardinals; and Dave Montgomery, General Partner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Phillies.

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and columnist George will also be members.

Dave Sheinin will have more on this later today.

By Alexa Steele  |  December 15, 2009; 1:03 PM ET
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