Shyam Das is no longer the most powerful man in baseball. As the permanent, independent arbitrator on baseball's three-man panel that also includes reps from MLB and the players' union, Das has almost always been the swing vote in any matter reaching his desk. He's been in place since 1999, with the proviso that he could be unilaterally fired at any time by either side. Today MLB pulled the trigger.
The reclusive Das (there appears to be precisely
zero one! photo of him, although this article paints a second-hand picture of the man) rarely made headlines until deciding in favor of overturning Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension for failing a drug test. Braun argued, and Das agreed, that the sample was compromised by failing to adhere to MLB's collection and shipment guidelines. MLB vehemently disagreed.