Lucchino will continue to serve in an advisory capacity,including the direction of planning and design for the new ballparkand Downtown redevelopment district. But he says he and Mooresjointly made the decision for Lucchino to step down from hisexecutive position.

Lucchino, 55, also will retain his 10% ownership in the team.Bob Vizas, the club's general counsel since September 1999, is tosucceed Lucchino in November. Despite battles with cancer in thepast, he said health was not a factor in the decision.

Speaking to the media last week, Lucchino said the decisionisn't a setback for the ballpark project. He said the legalbarriers to the project have mostly been cleared and constructionshould resume late in the summer or early this fall.

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