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NYT's Sorkin: Bernanke Wants to Be Next Commissioner of Baseball

By    |   Saturday, 24 May 2014 11:28 AM

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke apparently isn't ready to ride off into the sunset just yet.

New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin said on CNBC, where he is a commentator, that Bernanke would like to be the next commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB).

"The one man who wants this job, which may surprise you, is Ben Bernanke," Sorkin said. "He's a huge fan of baseball."

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Bud Selig, who has been commissioner for 20 years, plans to retire in January. MLB owners haven't formed a search committee for his successor. Selig wants his deputy, Rob Manfred, to take over.

But at least one owner, Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox, opposes the idea, according to The Times.

Sorkin said the failure to appoint a search committee is "half the problem." But if one is created, it should consider Bernanke, he said.

"Ben Bernanke would be a great commissioner," Sorkin maintains. "If you're a central banker, part of your job is to keep all these personalities in check. That's what all these crazy owners are like."

The former Fed chairman is now giving speeches to financial firms for $200,000 to $400,000 a pop, The Times reports. He is a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution and is writing a book on his tenure at the Fed.

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