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Another ex-Dodgers flack lands a better gig: Steinberg hired by MLB

April 26, 2010 |  1:16 pm
Charles_400 This could put a crimp in that presidential campaign …

Charles Steinberg, one of the earliest victims of Frank and Jamie McCourt’s impending divorce, has landed on his feet with Major League Baseball.

Steinberg was like the 137th public relations person hired to help shape the McCourts’ image. And ain’t that a swell job? For two years he served as the Dodgers’ executive vice president of creative production and communications.

He was well respected but made the mistake of gravitating more toward Jamie than Frank, or was at least pulled more in that direction. He was the one who came up with seven-page "Project Jamie" to get her elected president of these United States.

Naturally, after Frank fired Jamie last fall, Steinberg was just as quickly shown his exit. He and several  people he had hired, most of whom did have overlapping responsibilities with other team employees.

Steinberg has spent 34 years working in public relations for the Orioles, Padres, Red Sox and Dodgers, and now has an impressive new gig: MLB senior advisor to public affairs. Commissioner Bud Selig said Steinberg will take a "proactive role in developing the initiatives that impact and improve the enjoyment of fans throughout the nation and around the world."

Clears that up.

Steinberg will be based in Milwaukee with Selig. Rich Levin, MLB’s senior vice president of public relations, is retiring after this season.

He won’t be the first ex-McCourt image-maker to land a better job. Derrick Hall is now president and chief executive of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Camille Johnson is director of communications for Michelle Obama.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Charles Steinberg with Dodgers fans in 2008. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

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