MILB President O’Conner Undecided On Re-election Bid

Minor League Baseball president Pat O'Conner has yet to decide if he will seek re-election when his term expires after this season.

O'Conner, who was elected president in December 2007 after serving as chief operating officer since 1993 and vice president since 1995, must notify the National Association Board of Trustees by May 31 if he plans to seek a second term.

"This is a process, and I will evaluate my situation, personally and professionally," O'Conner said. "I will evaluate where the industry and the organization is. I will evaluate if it is a situation where I think I can be a help to the board and the industry as president . . . It's a different world today than when I signed on four years ago. I've got a different board (of trustees) and a different set of economic situations."

Among the accomplishments over his tenure, O'Conner notes the soon-to-be-formalized six-year extension of the Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA). The agreement that guides the relationship between Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball is set to expire in 2014, and its early extension (which O'Conner says should be completed soon) is an indication of the harmonious relationship between the two organizations. O'Conner first announced the deal at the Winter Meetings.

O'Conner also oversaw the creation of the Baseball Internet Rights Company, which put every minor league team's Website under the umbrella of Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Minor League Baseball also set up a new headquarters complex in St. Petersburg, Fla., acquired Dodgertown—the historic former spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Vero Beach, Fla.—and renovated Durham Athletic Park—the old home of the Durham Bulls made famous in the movie Bull Durham.

"While they have not been financially successful, I think Vero Beach and Durham are marquee assets," O'Conner said.

"I don't think you can do this job half-hearted," he added. "You either want to do it and do it effectively, or you step aside and let someone else do it. We've accomplished an awful lot in four years and the 19 I've been around."

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