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Rob Manfred voted in as new MLB commissioner

Aug 14, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

UPDATE: Manfred’s election was just made official in a press conference. Mark Zuckerman of has some quotes:

6:16 p.m. ET: Manfred ended up being elected unanimously, which is a positive thing from an optics perspective, even though there was some objection.

6:04 p.m. ET: After a long day of deliberations in Baltimore, MLB owners have finally voted in Rob Manfred as Bud Selig’s successor as MLB commissioner.

Manfred, 55, will be the 10th commissioner in MLB history. Selig, who has served as commissioner since 1992, will retire when his contract expires on January 25, 2015.

Manfred was one of three candidates at the start of today, along with MLB’s Executive Vice President of Business Tom Brosnan and Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. However, Brosnan dropped out of the race around midday. Manfred received 22 out of 30 votes in the balloting earlier this afternoon, leaving him one vote short of election, but the owners (likely with some serious convincing from Selig) were eventually able to bridge the gap and reach a consensus. Per the New York Daily News, the Blue Jays, Red Sox, White Sox, Nationals, Angels, Athletics, Diamondbacks, and Reds were the teams who initially backed Werner over Manfred.

Selig’s preferred successor, Manfred has been involved with baseball since 1987. He became MLB’s executive vice president for labor relations and human resources in 1998 before his role was expanded to include executive vice president of economics and league affairs in 2012. He was promoted the position of chief operating officer last September, reporting directly to Selig, a move which essentially signified that he was the heir apparent for the job. During his time with MLB, he has helped lead negotiations for three collective bargaining agreements (2002, 2006, and 2011) as well as the joint drug agreement.

  1. joerevs300 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Cue Classic Rock song:

    “Just met the new boss
    Same as the old boss”.

    • samgod13 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Who sang that.

      • Caught Looking - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        The Who -Won’t Get Fooled Again

      • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        “Meet the new boss,
        same as the old boss.”

      • hardballtalkusername - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        Caught Looking, you clearly didn’t get the “Who” part of his sentence, or that is was a statement and not a question.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    All hail the power of cookies.

  3. mt10425 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Reinsdorf is a dick. Good that he didn’t get his idiotic way. Werner would’ve ruined the league.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      They’re co-dicks, actually. NYT has a great piece on the campaigning and interviewing:

      That said, in another piece, the NYT said Manfred got one vote to change. I’m sure that, after that, the 30 brethren decided to make it unanimous for appearance’s sake.

  4. chill1184 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Another Selig crony, the Selig Error continues I wish Werner would’ve won.

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      What would have been the upside of a Werner win? Taking a hard line with the Player’s Union? The game appears to be on the right path. Why mess it up with labor strife?

      • chill1184 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        I will openly admit that the only reason I wanted Werner to win is because Wilpon wanted Manfred.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        Per that NYT link I posted, Werner schwaffled big-time on the issue of revenue sharing. Was apparently one of the issues that doomed him.

      • yahmule - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        A Manfred victory is far from a guarantee of labor peace. I think the visibly contentious ownership bloc that made noise now is going to make louder noise when the next CBA comes up.

  5. rbj1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    I wonder if Manfred bought some stolen pictures of the owners.

    • chill1184 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Naw he just borrowed the ones Wilpon and Loria have

  6. Caught Looking - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Which team caved/flipped?

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Here’s the NYT story on the vote. No name listed on the one team that flipped, before the “consensus unanimous” vote. Maybe Gleeman will give us some other update after he fixes cookies and HTML on the earlier post:

      • Caught Looking - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Brewers and Rays eventually voted for Manfred and the Nationals moved it to 23.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Did Manfred promise a settlement on MASN? Did that swing the Nats?

      • natstowngreg - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        Jon Heyman reported that the Nats provided vote #23.

        As a Nats fan, I’m disappointed that the Lerners were ever on the same side as Reinsdorf. We don’t know why. Was it about the MASN deal? Do the Lerners support the “break the union” strategy? Did they have a reason of their own? Maybe, someone will find out, though the Lerners aren’t a very forthcoming lot.

  7. asimonetti88 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I wanted Brosnan to win mostly because I haven’t heard as much negativity surrounding him as the other guys. Guess that means he didn’t kiss enough ass.

  8. bronco58lb - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Is Manfred a member of the Tribe? That is a prerequisite to be a commissioner these days.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      Manfred is Catholic. Make a fool of yourself much?

      • bronco58lb - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        Manfred is a Jew.

        But I am a Semite myself so I am happy that it’s being kept in the family.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        @Bronco: Where’s the Sephardis?

      • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        I can’t believe I care about this enough to post but, he’s as Catholic as the Pope.
        He serves as a Board member at Catholic School of Holy Child in Rye, New York.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        @Bronco58b, more seriously, your ZOG website is wrong, wrong, wrong:

      • tellyspop - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        This is interesting. I found sources for the Commissioner-Elect being a Jew and also Catholic. He could be one of these:

        If he is Catholic, his God is a Jew anyway, so does it really matter?

      • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        It gets worse.
        According to wikipedia: Zionist Occupied Government (abbreviated as ZOG) is an antisemitic conspiracy theory that holds that Jews secretly control a given country, while the formal government is a puppet regime.

        I’d look up more, but then I’d have to take a shower to get the crazy off me. Plus, I’m to busy shaking my head and rolling my eyes. (On the plus side, it turns out I can do two things at once!)

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        @Tearlw Right … I’ve seen “ZOG” used tongue-in-cheek, which may be the case with that website, but, often, it’s not, sadly.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        And, @bronco58lb, if you’re the same one as on this old Twitter account, your only “tribe” is Tebowites:

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        In an effort to clear this confusion up, I interviewed Manfred and asked him this very question. Here is his response.

    • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Like Chief Wahoo?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Poor, Bronco Billy. The people who control him are dumber than dirt.

      The idea that a secret group of Jews just happened to invite a stranger into a secret meeting, and that this stranger took notes (secretly!), can only work on the real special tools.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Well, assuming I’m right that he’s a Tebowite, some tools are more willing ones than others, you know?

    • clemente2 - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      thezog is tinfoil stuff….please avoid.

  9. stevem7 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Unfortunately, the owners have chosen to elect a man who broke laws in the State of Florida in the Biogenesis investigation. It will not be a good move and baseball will suffer under the stewardship of a lawyer who willingly breaks the law.

    • tellyspop - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      Breaking the laws of Florida is no big deal. It is done everyday. Why even Chemo Man Scott broke many laws, took the Fifth 70 some odd times and got elected governor. I wouldn’t worry about this much.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      the owners have chosen to elect a man who broke laws in the State of Florida in the Biogenesis investigation.

      Meh, small potatoes! Selig et al broke federal laws when they colluded against the players. Give Manfred some time and he’ll work his way up the white collar ladder…

    • normcash - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Hell, the state of Florida breaks the laws of Florida…it’s a backwater, so who cares?

      • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Florida: America’s Wang

    • tmc602014 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Commenters here are trying to troll FLA and failing miserably. Go read a Carl Hiaasen book.

  10. syphermce - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    If this was Selig’s choice, I fear for baseball’s future.

  11. 18thstreet - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Habemus Commissionum!

  12. campcouch - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    The empires of sports. The emperor has chosen his successor.

  13. normcash - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    I wonder how long he’ll last? Reinsdorf is a total jerk who’ll spend every waking hour plotting revenge. Selig kept that spoiled bunch of billionaires happy partly because he was one of them.
    Manfred is a hird hand….ask Fay Vincent how well that worked. Werner would have been a complete disaster though…

    • gloccamorra - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Selig also presided over a huge bump in team revenue, and more importantly, he counted votes and got a consensus before he acted, something Manfred better learn to do as well. The Werner vote was just a warning that there’s a faction that could give him trouble if he deviates from Selig’s consensus-building.

  14. nottinghamforest13 - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    So now a man who is possibly a child molester has been elected commissioner? Wonderful selection process & due diligence.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      WHAT THE EFF are you even talking about? A Googling of “Rob Manfred” plus “child molestor” returned less than 500 hits, none with Manfred in the same sentence as “child molester,” from a two-page sample Crawl back under whatever rock you came from.

      • jinx21fan - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Absolutely. There should be serious, serious consequences for people that throw crap like that out there.

      • sdelmonte - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        Thanks for trying to keep us honest and accurate.

    • clemente2 - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Post evidence/sources or go away, nothingham.

    • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Wow. And I thought the “He’s a Jew” guy was nuts.
      You’re rat trapped in an outhouse crazy dude.
      Nurse! He’s out of bed again!

  15. elwaysmilehighdenver - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    The owners were “Blinded by the light”.
    – Manfred Manns Earth Band.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Or maybe they were wrapped up like a douche, because that’s what we all think that song says. Admit it…

      Revved up like a deuce < Wrapped up like a douche

  16. philliephaninva - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Manfred’s first task, reinstate Pete Rose. If he doesn’t do that he should get the hell out.

    • tmc602014 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      No, hire a shady PI to get more dirt on Pete Rose.

    • perryt200 - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Thankfully and Actually; NO.

      Cincinnati was voting against Manfred because he won’t most likely will never reinstate Rose.

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