White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf insisted a rift does not exist between him and Bud Selig over who should be Major League Baseball's next commissioner.
"I'm tired of people saying I'm in some sort of feud with Selig,'' Reinsdorf told USA Today's Bob Nightengale. "That simply is not the case. Why do people say we're fighting?''
The rumored rift stems from Reinsdorf and Selig reported backing different candidates for the job.
According to reports Selig has backed Rob Manfred to be his replacement after this season, though Reinsdorf is reportedly among a group of owners who aren't in favor of promoting him. The New York Times reported Reinsdorf doesn't believe Manfred, baseball's chief operating officer, has been tough enough on the player's union and would prefer Selig to not have a hand in picking his successor.
Multiple reports have Reinsdorf, along with Angels owner Arte Moreno, supporting Red Sox chairman Tom Werner as MLB's next commissioner.
MLB owners will vote on the league's next commissioner Aug. 14.
Selig released a statement on Friday addressing the reported feud between him and Reinsdorf:
"Since discussions began in January about formulating an orderly process for selecting the next Commissioner, I have stated both privately and publicly that my desire was to conduct a thorough, thoughtful and discreet search that includes the input of all 30 Major League Clubs. The seven-member Succession Committee, which was named on May 15th and has been chaired with distinction by Bill DeWitt, has accomplished this goal while working independently to get to the point we are today. While Bill has kept me well-informed, the results of this process are a reflection of the Committee's work alone, and I have not promoted individual candidates.
"As we approach next week's vote, I will continue to encourage Clubs to voice their opinions within the confines of this process. Reports of personal animosity between Jerry Reinsdorf and me -- or any other alleged disputes between owners regarding the process or the candidates -- are unfounded and unproductive. I respect the ownership of our 30 franchises and have complete faith that the process will produce an individual that all in Baseball will be eager to support."