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Successor in place? Rob Manfred named Chief Operating Officer of MLB

Sep 30, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

Rob Manfred

Takeaways: (1) Bud Selig is still leaving, which marks the longest he’s ever stuck with a retirement decision before; and (2) Rob Manfred is likely his successor given this move:

Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig has begun the transition process in preparation for his retirement in January 2015 by appointing Robert D. Manfred, Jr. as the new Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball, he announced today.  The promotion is effective immediately.

Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, most recently served as Executive Vice President for Economics & League Affairs, responsible for major economic matters such as revenue sharing and the debt service rule, as well as franchise-specific matters involving the 30 Major League Clubs.

According to the press release, this gives Manfred day-to-day control of Major League Baseball operations while Selig remains the final decision maker and deals with the larger matters before the league.

Ultimately it is up to the owners, not Bud Selig, to name the next commissioner. But with this move Selig is making it clear who he wants it to be.

  1. paperlions - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    This might actually indicate who the owners want it to be. The owners have done very very well under Selig and there is no reason to think they would not want as much continuity as possible, meaning the new guy would have to be someone already working under Selig.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      In bureaucrat-speak, this is known as succession planning. It’s considered a good practice, for exactly that reason — continuity. That is, if you think your organization is going in the right direction. I haven’t seem much indication that the owners think MLB is going in the wrong direction.

      Manfred would be a disappointment to those fans who see the Commissioner as accountable to the fans, not the owners. Looks like they will have to live with the disappointment.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        I also haven’t seen indications that owners think MLB is going in the wrong direction.

        What I have seen are indications that we need an edit function.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Wow this is exciting news…zzzzzzzzzz….

  3. Detroit Michael - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Those who thought that owners were going to use Selig’s departure as a chance to get tough with the union, even at the cost of a work stoppage, may be proved wrong if this is any indication. I’m sure Manfred’s tough if he has to be, but he’s been a big factor in avoiding work stoppages.

  4. padraighansen - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Manfred is a very smart attorney. He also has an ego so big that it makes Donald Trump’s and Terrell Owens’ egos look microscopic by comparison. I’m not sure that an ego that size is what’s best for MLB.

  5. Bob - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    “He also has an ego so big that it makes Donald Trump’s and Terrell Owens’ egos look microscopic by comparison. I’m not sure that an ego that size is what’s best for MLB.”

    How does that make him any different from Selig?

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