MacPhail named to committee

Major League Baseball announced earlier today that commissioner Bud Selig has formed a special committee of baseball managers, general managers, presidents and owners to "review and examine all on-field related issues." Included in the group is Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

Also included are managers Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia and Joe Torre; executives Terry Ryan, John Schuerholz, and Mark Shapiro; and owners and presidents Chuck Armstrong, Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, and Dave Montgomery.

Selig also named Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and columnist/broadcaster George Will to the committee.

"This is an exceptional group of people who have devoted their lives to the game of baseball and its central mission which is to act in the best interest of the game. I am anxious to bring this committee together and begin our work," Selig said in a statement.

"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."

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