- Jimmie Lee Solomon
Jimmie Lee Solomon is the current Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations in
Major League Baseball.
Solomon, who has a law degree from
Harvardand a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, joined MLB in 1991, as Director of Minor League Operations. He subsequently was promoted to Executive Director of Minor League Operations and then to Senior VP of Baseball Operations. Solomon oversaw major, minor and international baseball operations; the MLB scouting bureau, the Arizona fall league, and numerous special projects, including the launching of the MLB Youth Academy at Compton College, California.
All-Star Futures Gamewas conceived by Solomon. Looking for an event to showcase the minor leagues and round out the All-Star week festivities, Solomon looked at the National Basketball Associationrookie game and the National Football League's rookie flag football game and thought "Why don't we try it?" Ironically, when he was at Dartmouth, Solomon never performed on the baseball diamond, but excelled on the football field and was named All-Ivy as a sprinter.
Since 1999, the Futures Game has become a big event for teams' player development departments, a coveted resume filler for players and programming for
ESPN2. Rosters for the Futures Game are selected by Baseball Americamagazine, in conjunction with MLB and the 30 clubs. Every organization is represented, with no more than two players from any organization. In 2003, Solomon was included in the Sports Illustrated's list of "101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports".
Solomon was named Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations on June 1, 2005. Commissioner
Bud Seligmade the announcement in a press release. As executive VP, Solomon will now be responsible for such additional areas as on-field discipline, security, and facility management.
Solomon's biggest project is the construction of baseball academies in urban areas. Currently there are academies in
Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republicand throughout Latin America. This is where young Latino prospects are discovered and trained. Seeing the level of success that Latinos are experiencing in baseball, Solomon decided to bring the academies to United Statesand is currently working with major league teams, encouraging them to build academies in large American cities to reintroduce baseball to urban children.
August 7, 2007, Solomon was in attendance during the game which Barry Bondsbroke the all-time home run record previously held by Hank Aaronin place of Selig.
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* [http://www.buzzflood.org/index.php?itemid=2237 Dartmouth College]
* [http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/article.asp?intID=3050&method=text Ivy League Sports]
* [http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/sports/july-dec03/bsaeball_8-4.html PBS - Baseball Blues]
* [http://dynamic.si.cnn.com/si_online/covers/issues/2003/0505.html Sports Illustrated]
* [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/baseball/mlb/06/02/mlb.solomon/ SI-CNN]
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