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File photo: Then-U.S. Ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer delivers a speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on May 20, 2008.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has chosen the former president of the Texas Rangers to keep an eye on the daily business of the L.A. Dodgers. J. Thomas Schieffer is his name. Here's his resume.
The “J” in J. Thomas Schieffer’s name stands for “John” – but everybody knows the 63-year-old Texas lawyer as “Tom.” And “everybody” stands for a whole lot of powerful people, including Tom’s older brother Bob Schieffer – the host of “Face the Nation” on CBS.
Tom Schieffer is also pals with former President George W. Bush; the two invested in the deal to buy the Texas Rangers in the late 1980s. Schieffer was the team’s president in the 1990s.
He also was the man in charge of the Rangers’ effort to build The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. It’s considered among the best of the retro ballparks constructed in the last 20 years.
Before baseball, Schieffer served in the Texas state legislature; after he left the Rangers, he was the U.S. ambassador to Australia and later Japan. A statement from the baseball commissioner’s office says Schieffer’s job is to oversee the Dodgers’ “day-to-day operations, business and finance.”