August 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Tigers' Dave Dombrowski won't be MLB's next commissioner: 'I enjoy my current job'

Tigers president and CEO Dave Dombrowski is not among the finalists to be Major League Baseball's next commissioner. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)

Detroit — Good news for Tigers fans.

Dave Dombrowski isn’t going anywhere.

Considered a possible candidate to succeed Bud Selig as Major League Baseball commissioner, USA Today reported Tuesday night the Tigers president and GM didn’t make the three-man short list.

Dombrowski’s stance on his name being mentioned hasn’t changed from Day 1.

“Same now as before,” Dombrowski told The News on Tuesday night. “I consider it a compliment.”

Dombrowski has been the Tigers front-office chief since November 2001, and has enjoyed a great deal of success the last eight years.

And there should be more to come, given the big stars under contract for the foreseeable future.

Clearly, winning a second World Series — he won one in 1997 when he was general manager of the Marlins – is on his mind. Having gotten so close in Detroit, in 2006 and 2012, there’s unfinished business.

“I enjoy my current job a great deal,” said Dombrowski, 58, whose decades-long career in baseball has taken him from the White Sox to the Expos to the Marlins, and then to the Tigers.

He graduated from Western Michigan University.

The three finalists to succeed Selig, baseball’s commissioner since 1992, were revealed by USA Today: Rob Manfred, MLB’s CEO; Tim Brosnan, MLB’s executive vice president of business; and Tom Werner, chairman of the Red Sox.

Manfred has been viewed as Selig’s choice to take over the job.

All 30 owners will vote on who’ll be the next commissioner, with 23 votes required to get the job. Selig plans to officially retire Jan. 24.

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