ORLANDO, Florida – Major League Baseball will have a new disciplinarian.
Hall of Famer Joe Torre, who has headed baseball operations in the commissioner's office since 2011, changes to a role as the commissioner's special assistant.
Former pitcher Chris Young, who spent two of his MLB seasons with the Mets, will replace Torre as the person who decides on suspensions and fines for field matters, e.g.
Torre, who turns 80 in July, is expected to travel less during the season. As a nine-time All-Star from 1960 to 1977, Torre made it through 29 seasons by 2010 and won four World Series titles with the Yankees.
Torre was hired as MLB's Executive Vice President for baseball in February 2011 and was appointed chief baseball officer in December 2014 when Rob Manfred was preparing to replace Bud Selig as commissioner.
Young was with the majors for 13 years and retired after the 2017 season. He joined MLB in May 2018 as Vice President of Operations, Initiatives and Strategies and was promoted to Senior Vice President on Thursday. The 40-year-old will oversee field operations and the referee and report to Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem.
Appeals against local disciplinary decisions continue to be heard by John McHale Jr., a special assistant to Manfred.
Morgan Sword was promoted from senior vice president of league economics and strategy to executive vice president of baseball economics and operations.
Former players Gregor Blanco and Nick Hundley were hired as senior directors of baseball operations.