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Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s chief operating officer and the person seen as Bud Selig’s right-hand man, has been elected to succeed Selig when he retires in January, MLB announced Thursday.
The vote electing Manfred as the 10th man to hold the position was unanimous after several ballots were held, according to reports. He defeated Red Sox owner Tom Werner in a two-man race after Tim Brosnan, executive vice president for business for MLB, decided to withdraw early Thursday.
Orioles owner Peter Angelos told The Wall Street Journal that Manfred’s experience won the day. “Is he perfect? No, no one’s perfect.”
Manfred’s tenure will begin Jan. 15 and he will receive a three-year contract, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
In a televised news conference, Manfred said he was “tremendously honored by the confidence the owners showed in me. This was a very thorough, and for the candidates, arduous process.”
He also thanked the other candidates and praised his predecessor.
“There is no question I would not be standing here if not for Bud,” Manfred said.
In a statement, Selig said, “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 has handled negotiations for three most recent collective bargaining agreements and he’ll face another one when the current CBA expires on Dec. 1, 2016.
According to The New York Times, after Brosnan withdrew, the first ballot left Manfred one vote short of the 23 necessary to get elected, with Werner, the longtime TV producer, receiving the other eight.
Despite that narrow gap, it took several hours for Manfred to receive the necessary votes, although he was reportedly elected unanimously.
Manfred, 55, joined Major League Baseball in 1998 as executive vice president of Labor Relations & Human Resources.
MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred elected the 10th Commissioner in MLB history. pic.twitter.com/AB1TOdsEdy
— MLB (@MLB) August 14, 2014
Werner said he was disappointed but hopes he got his ideas across And they will be adopted by Manfred
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 14, 2014
Final vote 30-0, but Manfred begins knowing he was far from unanimous choice, which only makes unifying owners going forward more difficult
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 14, 2014
Randy Levine says that Yankees were big Manfred backers all along.
— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) August 14, 2014