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Friday, February 21, 2014
Commissioner Lucchino? No way, he says

By Joe McDonald

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When commissioner Bud Selig announced he would retire at the end of the 2014 season, there was some speculation that Red Sox president Larry Lucchino could be a possible replacement.

On Friday, Lucchino dismissed that notion, saying he’s happy where he is.

“First, I challenge the premise that commissioner is retiring at the end of this year,” Lucchino said with a smile. “It’s a fantastic position for people who love baseball. Any baseball executive would probably enjoy it, but I really love where I am and what I’m doing. Right now I love being in Boston. I love the whole New England life and lifestyle and I don’t want to go anywhere else. Not that I would be anybody’s first choice anyway."

Lucchino added, “I’ve been in the game a long time and I’ve made a lot of friends that I value, and a number of enemies along the way, so I don’t think it’s a position that’s right for me. I have the position that I really want to finish my career right here.”

So, if not Lucchino, or Selig, then who?

“It’s too soon,” Lucchino said. “Some people say it has to be somebody in the game. I wouldn’t restrict the pool of potential applicants to somebody in the game, necessarily. I teased the commissioner yesterday about his departure date, so it’s kind of an open secret. He knows that some of us believe that the pressures for him to stay will be so great that he will have to accede to them.”

When asked if he thought Selig would reconsider his retirement, Lucchino said: “Do I personally? I do. I think it’s a possibility. He laughed at me yesterday and said, ‘You’ll see.’ ”

Red Sox owner John Henry said earlier this week that he would like to win a fourth World Series title, and Lucchino shares that goal.

“I’d like to win again,” he said. “If we win four times in a defined period of time it would be the greatest dynasty, or success period for the Red Sox in their history. No [Red Sox team] has repeated. I’d love to do that.”