Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Rob Manfred is the new commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Manfred got the needed votes from 30 baseball team owners to become the league’s 10th commissioner, replacing Bud Selig, who will step down after more than 20 years at the helm.
In the initial voting that was held in a closed-door ballroom in downtown Baltimore, Manfred received 22 votes, one short of what he needed. Hours later, he got the 23rd vote to edge Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner for the position.
Before he was selected, Manfred has been serving as MLB’s chief operating officer since September 2013, a role in which he reports directly to Selig and oversees functions such as labor relations, baseball operations, finance, administration and club governance.
He had spent the previous 15 years as MLB’s executive vice president of labor relations and was the point man in negotiating three consecutive labor agreements without a work stoppage for the first time since the rise of the MLB Players Association in the 1970s.