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Manfred to succeed Selig as commissioner

Rob Manfred will succeed Bud Selig as commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB.com, Aug. 14).

Manfred, 55, currently MLB’s chief operating officer, was elected in a vote of the 30 clubs Thursday, the final day of the quarterly owners meetings in Baltimore. He was a finalist along with Red Sox chairman Tom Werner. MLB’s executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan reportedly withdrew before the first vote.

The vote was unanimous. Werner also reportedly withdrew when it became apparent Manfred would have the 23 votes (75 percent) needed to win.

Selig’s term ends Jan. 24.  The former Milwaukee Brewers owner took over in 1992 after the firing of Fay Vincent. Two years later, baseball’s ongoing labor trouble led to a strike that resulted in the cancellation of the postseason. Since 1995, Selig has been able to maintain labor peace while making significant changes such as interleague play and expanded playoffs.

Revenues and attendance improved during Selig’s tenure, which included the construction of many new ballparks, including two in New York.  Selig was criticized by some for a slow response to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, but played a role in developing the program that tests and penalizes players for using them.

Manfred, who lives in Rye, N.Y., will be the 10th Commissioner in MLB history. He served MLB as an outside counsel during the 1994 strike,  joined MLB on a full-time basis in 1998 and became COO in September 2013. That position had been vacant since 2010, when Bob DuPuy was fired.




20 comments
Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Whoever thought that the commissioner would force the Wilpons out? On what grounds? Half the league doesn't spend money. Are they trying to force the Pirate's owner out? What abuot San Diego or Seattle? Nope. Not spending money doesn't mean that the commssioner can force the owners out. Get real

Rob Steven
Rob Steven

Breaking news: A new MLB Mafioso Boss has been anointed.

All the rich men rejoice, the middle class get screwed again.

A true racket if there ever was one.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

what this means for the Mets is that he will keep the Wilpons in without forcing out like Selig this is a newer and younger Selig . Meet the new boss same as the old boss.

Bill Myatt
Bill Myatt

Will Pete Rose now have a chance for the "Hall of Fame"???????

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

I always thought Alderaon would be the next commish until a few weeks ago when the Mets were talking about extending Alderson.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

I don't like it.  Another part of the owner's clique won't change much for the good of the game.


His smarmy attitude during the ARod witch hunt made me be completely turned off.

ewildcat7
ewildcat7

get rid of the damn All-Star game determining World Series home field

gpopper
gpopper

A bud of Seligs .... Wilpons don't sell, Alderson and Collins are back for 2015. It's truly evil times in the Mets kingdom.

robby
robby

Nobody cares cause this guy is a friend of the Wilpons.  what a disgrace

Edward J Bessler
Edward J Bessler

Wilpons voted for this guy so they aren't going anywhere.

Tom Downing
Tom Downing

Let's hope he's not a tool like Selig.

Paul Duffy
Paul Duffy

My thoughts exactly. The Wilnots and Selig were bed buddies.

Metsfan62
Metsfan62

I think this is a Selig buddy if this is true that means the Wilpons will keep getting a free pass again !

Nathan Kerr
Nathan Kerr

Maybe a new commish won't take the Wilpon nonsense and finally force them out.

Kevin Connelly
Kevin Connelly

good news for the wilpons if the selig protege stays on the job.


'Attendance improved during Selig's tenure' ... yes, when you aggregate the steroid era providing high scoring games and a yankee dynasty, that happened. now, baseball is a fading sport and has no new audience, all old timers. They have the oldest median viewership and the sport is not popular amongst young people. Huge problems ahead for the sport.

metstastic
metstastic

If you didn't know, the commish is the voice of the owners while the MLPA is the voice of the players.

James
James

@Bob Hopefully just because he is a Selig protege doesn't mean he is a friend of the Wilpons

4EverMets
4EverMets

@James @Bob  This is who the Wilpons voted for commish so they aren't going anywhere.