I can’t speak for OMDQ, but I didn’t even know there was such thing as a President of the Minor Leagues. But there is, and Mike Moore has held the job for an FDR-like sixteen years. The St. Petersburg Times has coverage of his retirement from the post, and tells us all about the way he grew the game:
Moore took office when the minors were just coming out of an era of sagging revenues, some unreliable ownership and an abundance of dilapidated ballparks, many built during FDR’s Works Progress Administration.
He has transformed the operation into a booming industry that generates annual gross revenues of some $500-million, re-packaged with a sense of family fun and Americana.
He’s no Bud Selig, though he did have that same conflict of interest – he wass a part-owner of the Tampa Tarpons in the days before the Devil Rays came to town. But in this case, that self-interest probably kept him burning the midnight oil, trying to figure out how to make a rising tide float all of the Minor League boats.
A big Bus Leagues salute to Mike Moore! Hope you enjoy many great years of fishing and baseball, sir!