This happened earlier this afternoon but I wasn’t near a computer and my iPad died, which meant I couldn’t update the blog while I was out. While in my absence, Major League Baseball has named a new commissioner, who will succeed Selig next season. Here’s the story.
Major League Baseball will have a new commissioner in 2015, and it was a unanimous decision. The owners of Major League Baseball’s 30 clubs elected Robert D. Manfred Jr. as the next commissioner of baseball. Manfred currently is the MLB Chief Operating Officer under the current commissioner Bud Selig. Selig had nothing but wonderful things to say about his successor, saying Manfred is a respected figure around baseball, making him the right person for the job.
“The unanimous vote of the owners reflects our industry’s position that Rob Manfred is the best person to lead our game forward. Having worked with Rob for more than 20 years, and knowing the training he has had within our great game, I believe he is an outstanding choice who will bring true passion and leadership to Major League Baseball.”
Manfred joined Major League Baseball in 1998 as the Executive Vice President, Labor Relations and Human Resources. Selig’s term as the commissioner ends on January 24, 2015, after announcing he was retiring from his position.