It took all day Thursday, but the 30 owners were able to agree on who would be the next commissioner of baseball. Rob Manfred was elected as the 10th commissioner of Major League Baseball and will take over for Bud Selig when he retires in January. Manfred will move into the commissioner’s office on Jan. 25.
The 55-year old Rob Manfred has been MLB’s Chief Operating Officer since last September after serving as Executive Vice President for the previous 15 years. Manfred officially beat out Tom Werner by a final vote of 30-0 but the play-by-play of the meetings throughout the day showed Manfred had 22 of the 30 owners in his corner for a majority of the day, one short of the required 23 votes to elect a new commissioner.
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf did not support Rob Manfred and reportedly spoke out strongly against him replacing Bud Selig. Reinsdorf said after the owner’s elected Manfred that while he was not his first choice he thinks Manfred is “best positioned to help baseball endure and grow even stronger for the next generation of fans.”
Rob Manfred reported directly to Bud Selig and was responsible for labor relations, baseball operation, finance, administration and club governance. And he “was point man in negotiating the past three labor agreements.” The current CBA expires after the 2016 season.