Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig has begun the transition process in preparation for his retirement in January 2015 by appointing Robert D. Manfred, Jr. as the new Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball, he announced today. The promotion is effective immediately.
Ultimately it is up to the owners, not Bud Selig, to name the next commissioner. But with this move Selig is making it clear who he wants it to be.
Source: Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports