Joe Garagiola Jr. named disciplinarian

Updated: March 8, 2011, 12:56 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Joe Garagiola Jr. will replace Bob Watson as Major League Baseball's disciplinarian, the league announced Tuesday.

Garagiola was given the new title of senior vice president of standards and on-field operations. He had been MLB's senior vice president of baseball operations since 2005.

Prior to that job, he served as general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks for 10 years, leading them to three NL West titles and the 2001 World Series championship.

Garagiola, the son of well-known baseball and television personality Joe Garagiola Sr., will decide discipline for on-field infractions, such as beanballs. Watson, who had held that job since 2002, retired after last season.

Garagiola also will be responsible for pace of game, uniform policy and stadium configurations.

Baseball also announced that Los Angeles Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng will join the commissioner's office to work as an aide to Joe Torre.

Ng and former Diamondbacks assistant GM Peter Woodfork were hired as MLB senior vice presidents for baseball operations. They will report to Torre, who recently was hired by commissioner Bud Selig as executive vice president of baseball operations.

In addition, former umpires Randy Marsh and Rich Rieker have been promoted from umpire supervisors to directors of umpiring.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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