DuPuy quits as baseball’s chief operating officer
Bob DuPuy resigned Tuesday as Major League Baseball’s chief
operating officer following 81/2 years as commissioner Bud Selig’s
The move is effective Oct. 31, and Selig doesn’t currently
intend to replace him.
DuPuy was Selig’s outside lawyer when he became executive vice
president for administration in 1998. He was promoted to president
in March 2002 and replaced Paul Beeston.
Relations between Selig and DuPuy have become strained in recent
years. DuPuy declined to comment on his situation this week.
Earlier Tuesday, Gene Orza said he will retire as the players’
association No. 2 official on March 31. The 64-year-old has been
with the union since 1985.
DuPuy first attracted attention in baseball when he negotiated
the $280 million collusion settlement with the union in 1989 after
arbitrators found owners violated their labor contract by acting in
concert to not sign free agents after the 1985, 1986 and 1987
An attorney with Foley and Lardner in Milwaukee, he was Selig’s
primary lawyer from 1992-98 after the Brewers owner helped lead a
revolt that led to commissioner Fay Vincent’s resignation.
He was one of management’s primary negotiators, along with
executive vice president Rob Manfred, of the 2002 and 2006
collective bargaining agreements, and was a driving force behind
the formation of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, baseball’s
DuPuy, who moved from Milwaukee to New York to work for Selig,
will assist MLB in special projects including the Oakland
Athletics’ quest for a new ballpark.