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Ohio native Randy Mobley is getting ready to begin his 18th season as president of the International League. Mobley, who attended Ohio State University and currently lives in Dublin, Ohio, got his first job in baseball back in 1980 as a part-time intern with the Columbus Clippers. He worked his way up through the organization before moving over to the IL office as an administrator in 1985. He was elected league president in December 1990 and was named Minor League Baseball "Executive of the Year" by Baseball America in 2002.
1. Where will you be on Opening Day?
I'll be at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, watching the PawSox play the Indianapolis Indians [on April 3].
2. What are you most looking forward to in the 2008 season?
This year the International League is celebrating its 125th Anniversary all season long in all 14 ballparks. The most exciting part will be a series of inductions into the IL Hall of Fame. We've got 27 new members getting enshrined this year.
3. Which Minor League player would you pay to watch play this year?
We got a taste of [Reds outfield prospect] Jay Bruce toward the end of 2007. So now we're really excited about what a player with his abilities can do with a full season at the Triple-A level.
4. What is one little-known fact about being a league president?
That we actually don't like issuing fines and suspensions!
5. What is your favorite part about being league president?
I'd say watching fans on opening night at a brand-new ballpark.
6. What would you be doing if you didn't work in baseball?
Teaching and/or coaching.
7. What's your favorite Minor League promotion?
Definitely the ZOOperstars. They are one of the most popular promotions in the league. And that goes for both kids and adults!
8. What is your favorite Minor League memory?
Andy Phillips hitting a walk-off home run in the 10th inning of the 2004 Triple-A All-Star Game. It prevented a tie.
9. Have you ever witnessed a no-hitter? If so ... when and where?
Nope, I have not.
10. If I were a Minor League mascot, I would be...
... out of work.
Dan Marinis is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.