Major League Baseball has hired Bryan Seeley to lead its Department of Investigations, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today. Seeley will be MLB's Vice President, Investigations & Deputy General Counsel.
Since 2006, Seeley has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. Beginning in 2010, he prosecuted federal white-collar cases as a Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section. In that capacity, Seeley led fraud investigations involving government procurement fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, securities fraud and embezzlement, along with public corruption investigations involving bribery and kickbacks. From 2006-2010, Seeley prosecuted cases in D.C. Superior Court and U.S. District Court involving violent crime, illegal narcotics and property-related crime, a role in which he interviewed hundreds of witnesses and tried more than 30 cases.
While a prosecutor, Seeley served a one-year detail as counsel to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Seeley also has worked as an instructor at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, teaching law students about trial preparation and presentation. Seeley is a cum laude graduate of both Princeton University and Harvard Law. He clerked for the Honorable J. Frederick Motz of the United States District Court in Baltimore following his graduation from Harvard Law School.
Major League Baseball established its Department of Investigations (DOI) in January 2008, following a recommendation made by Senator George J. Mitchell in his December 2007 report on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. The Department functions independently of MLB Clubs and has broad authority to conduct investigations. DOI's primary responsibility is to conduct all inquiries into violations of Major League Baseball's rules and policies, focusing on issues including, but not limited to, the use and possession of PEDs. Other DOI duties include interacting with law enforcement authorities and administering training for players and other Club personnel.
Commissioner Selig said: "Major League Baseball set out to reposition the scope, capabilities and efficiency of its Department of Investigations as its needs have evolved. Bryan's multifaceted experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney will make him an invaluable resource for our game, in ways that will protect the interests of our Clubs and players alike."