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Rob Manfred, Tim Brosnan, and Tom Werner are the three finalists for MLB commissioner

Aug 5, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

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USA Today’s Bob Nightengale has the story

Major League Baseball has identified three finalists to replace Commissioner Bud Selig and will vote on the successor Aug. 14, a high-ranking MLB executive with direct knowledge of the hiring process told USA TODAY Sports.

The owners, according to the executive, will choose between Rob Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer; Tim Brosnan, MLB’s executive vice president of business; and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.

Approval to elect the new commissioner is required from 23 of the 30 owners in Major League Baseball. Many consider Manfred to be the heavy favorite, but White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Angels owner Arte Moreno have reportedly been lobbying behind against him behind the scenes. They want Werner.

Selig — who has been on the job for 22 years — will officially step down on January 24, 2015.

  1. disgracedfury - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    I wonder if Bud Selig will make his evil lap dog Manfred to be the next commissioner. That would be worse as just like A-Rod this sport is better without Selig.

    • simon94022 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Selig’s no saint, but overall he’s been a pretty effective commissioner for baseball. When people dump on him, I always wonder what their comparison point is. The gross incompetence of Fay Vincent? Peter Ueberroth, whose only legacy was the massive collusion scandal of the late 80s? Kennesaw Mountain Landis, who did a great job driving gamblers out of the game, but also fought doggedly to keep out blacks?

      • Glenn - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        Giammatti? In magician circles, you are doing what is called “forcing a card”.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        It’s a different sport but I always thought Paul Tagliabue was a pretty good commissioner over in the NFL. He helped grow the sport in both revenue and participation, while keeping the sport relatively clean of scandal (all things considered).

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:57 AM

        Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Now there’s a guy who knows how to run an organization.

      • stex52 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        Yeah, why control the world when you can be REALLY powerful and control baseball revenues?

      • simon94022 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        What did Giammatti accomplish?

  2. polegojim - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Too bad they didn’t interview Dan O’Dowd… Colorado needs a break and some very very fresh blood,

    Congrats to the almost worst team in baseball Rockies… again.

    • yahmule - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Brett Anderson just walked off the mound with an apparent back injury.

      • polegojim - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        That one hurts… one of the few bright spots… hopeful start, and then they turn into the Rockies with a 7th inning implosion.

        I like Weiss… just don’t believe he’s been given the tools, which is typical Rockies baseball management.

  3. bronco58lb - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Tom Werner is a slap in the face to small market clubs. He operated a fire sale in 1993 when then GM Randy Smith was instructed to sell off Fred McGriff and Gary Sheffield and not even get fair market value in return. I hate that puto!

    • gloccamorra - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Randy Smith struck out on the McGriff trade, but he got Trevor Hoffman for Sheffield.

      All I remember about Werner (it was the local Padres owners who ordered the fire sale) was his invitation to Roseanne Barr to sing the National Anthem. For that alone…

  4. muckthefets23 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    I read something a few weeks ago that for what ever insane reason that RAJ’s name was being floated as a candidate for the job. I’m just ecstatic that there appears to be no truth to this since he’d probably destroy the whole league like he’s done to the Phils with that much authority.

    • simon94022 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Commissioner Amaro for his first official act might trade the Yankees and Cubs franchises to the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars and some used St Louis Rams equipment.

      Or maybe I’m thinking of Commissioner Ed Wade.

      • chew1985 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        Wade and Mike Arbuckle built the Phillies homegrown mini-dynaster of 2007-2010. WIth both gone, Amaro tore it apart.

      • chew1985 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        Yeah I typed dynaster instead of dynasty. No idea why.

  5. chill1184 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Will any of them get rid of the Wilpons and Katz?

    • gloccamorra - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Short answer: no. The other owners don’t want the Commissioner to have the power to get rid of owners! Besides, a Florida owner would be at the top of the list.

  6. jackvcr - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Interesting that the long time comish of MLB is leaving and pretty much nobody cares.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Does that mean he’s done his job, or just that he’s done nothing lately? There’s a lot to be said for having a caretaker, not an activist.

  7. syphermce - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    I don’t know what I am looking more forward to, 2015 when we get a new commissioner, or 2016 when we get a new president.

    • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:59 AM

      That hot for Hillary, eh?

  8. Old Gator - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    All three of these guys offer exciting new possibilities for insomniacs.

  9. chumthumper - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Will any of them have the cojones to say the All Star game is just an exhibition of no real significance and get rid of the “it matters” crap about WS home field advantage?

  10. philipharmonic - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Seems like the selection process violated the Selig Rule “… required every club to consider minority candidates “for all general manager, assistant general manager, field manager, director of player development and director of scouting positions.”

    In addition, Selig asked clubs to provide him a list of their openings and to include a list of candidates, including minority candidates, to be interviewed.”

  11. stlbirds21 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    I think Dave dombroski (or however his last name is spelled) should have went after the commissioner job

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