Baltimore – Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s chief operating officer, will succeed Bud Selig as MLB commissioner. The announcement was made here after the the owners voted this afternoon. Manfred confirmed that it took “several ballots,” before he got the 23 votes neededt o win.
He beat out Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner to get the job.
The third candidate MLB executive vice president in charge of business Tim Brosnan withdrew from the process at the start of the meetings this morning.
He did not address the media, however it is thought that he felt that he was not going to win and perhaps might keep his long time friend Manfred from getting the job.
Manfred, Selig’s right-hand man, will take over in January of 2015 and will begin his rein over the $8 billion league.
Jerry M. Reinsdorf the owner of the Chicago White Sox led a small group of owners who tried to block Manfred from being elected. One first ballot he came up one vote short of the 23 needed to get the job. Finally, after some good old arm twisting it was all over and Manfred was the new commissioner.
Selig, 80, will end a 23-year term as the guiding force in Major League Baseball and begin his retirement serving as a history professor. He has the distinction of serving in baseball’s top job for the second longest time, behind the 24 years served by MLB’s first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, in January.
Manfred rose to second in command after 15 years in a critical role as executive vice president of labor relations, leading negotiations with the players union resulting in collective bargaining agreements in 2002, 2006 and 2011.
Those agreements, after bitter decades of labor strife and court-case defeats to the Players Association, ensured 21 years of labor peace through the current CBA which expires in 2016.
Another aspect of Selig’s legacy is baseball’s drug program, and Manfred was MLB’s point man in hammering out a joint agreement on doping with the players union.