Bud Selig, who announced last Wednesday that MLB was taking over day-to-day operations of the the Dodgers, named his point man today. Tom Schieffer, who worked with George W. Bush for the better part of 20 years both in an out of baseball, is the man who "will represent the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in the oversight of the day-to-day operations, business and finances of the Dodgers and all of the franchise's related entities," according to the press release today from MLB.
Schieffer was an attorney who was elected to the Texas House of Representatives at age 25, and served three terms (I guess as a young politician Schieffer never approved an "Ice Town"-level debacle). He was part of the investment group headed by Bush that bought the Rangers in 1989. Schieffer served as Rangers' president from 1991 to 1999, then followed W into politics, serving as Ambassador to Australia (2001-2005) and Japan (2005-2009).
In case you thought fluff quotes were exclusive to Ned Colletti upon the acquisition of a player, I give you Selig on Schieffer:
We are very fortunate to have someone of Tom Schieffer's stature monitor the operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers on behalf of Major League Baseball. Tom is a distinguished public servant who has represented the nation with excellence and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership throughout his career. The many years that he spent managing the operations of a successful franchise will benefit the Dodgers and Major League Baseball as a whole. I am grateful for Tom's acceptance of this role.