In American Association Daily, the Minor League Sports Report’s Robert Pannier discusses the naming of the new commissioner in the American Association, as Joshua E. Schaub will assume the duties starting immediately.
Joshua Schaub Takes the Reins
On Monday, the American Association named Joshua E. Schaub as its new Commissioner. The Minneapolis-based attorney will replace outgoing Commissioner Miles Wolff who retired from his position effective at the end of 2018. Schaub is expected to take over the duties immediately.
A Perfect Selection
Joshua Schaub was chosen after a three-person committee had interviewed and vetted a number of candidates. Schaub had an extensive background in baseball that made him the ideal fit to take over the head position in the American Association.
He is the former CEO and co-owner of the Joliet Slammers (Frontier League) and is still a board member within the league. He also holds a board position in the Prospect League, a college summer league playing in the Midwest.
His experience extends to the Major League level as well. Schaub spent time working in the scouting department for the Milwaukee Brewers as both an intern and an associate. He also has ties to the very first independent baseball league, the Northern league, where he clerked for the league.
His work in baseball extends to the legal world as well. Schaub is currently an attorney for Gutwein Law, which focuses on legal issues related to sports and entertainment law.
Beyond his legal duties, Schaub is currently serving as the Commissioner and General Counsel for the Major Arena Soccer League. He is also the co-founder of the DaBeauty League, a summer hockey league that includes both college and professional players. The league is based in and around the Twin Cities.
Replacing a Legend
Joshua Schaub will be replacing Miles Wolff, who helped to start independent baseball back in 1993. Wolff has served as the Commissioner of the American Association since its inception, and will be hard to replace, but the league feels that they have found the perfect choice in Schaub.
Explained Stan Katz, the owner of the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the head of the committee that conducted the search to find a replacement for Wolff:
“When the hiring committee put together our list of qualities for our ideal candidates, Joshua’s qualifications, experience, expertise, and enthusiasm stood out. He has enormous shoes to fill following Miles Wolff in the Commissioner’s chair, but we are confident that under Joshua’s leadershipthe American Association will only improve it’s standing among the independent baseball leagues in the country.”
The American Association is set to begin its 12th season beginning on May 16. That gives the new commissioner just 73 days to acclimate himself to his new position before it is time to yell, “Play Ball!”
By Robert Pannier