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Reports: Rob Manfred one vote shy of being named commissioner

Aug 14, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

Trying to decide on a new commissioner from a list trimmed to two candidates, the owners were deadlocked after the latest¬†ballot, CSN New England’s Sean McAdam reported. They’ve since broken into small groups and could yet have another vote today.

Before the afternoon’s vote, Tim Brosnan bowed out of the race. MLB’s Executive Vice President of Business is well respected, but he had little support behind Bud Selig’s preferred replacement, MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred. It’s now a two-man race between Manfred and Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Manfred received 22 of the 30 votes¬†in this afternoon’s ballot, leaving him just one shy of election.

There are two outcomes at play for the rest of the day: either Manfred is named the new commish or the process gets pushed back to the next round of owners meetings. With Manfred just one vote away, one imagines Selig will pull some strings and get this wrapped up today.

  1. uwsptke - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    So tray of cookies is the MLB equivalent of black smoke from the vatican?

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      And bad HTML coding is NBC Sports’ equivalent of being NBC Sports!

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Embedded cookies are a necessity in the modern world.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        I see what you did there…

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Erm, wait. I noticed now that Heyman is making this announcement. Is Borass OK with that? Is Borass going to be our new commissioner?

  2. thebadguyswon - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    It’s going to be Selig’s hand-picked guy, Manfred.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Nobody seemed to vote against the cookies, so I suspect that they are just making up their mind about which cookie will replace Bud.

      • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        That’s all fine and dandy until Jerry Reinsdorf eats the commissioner.

  3. pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    My prediction: Jerry Reinsdorf eats the most cookies.

    • chiadam - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      and is definitely the biggest reason why Manfred is a vote shy right now.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      The voting works best with embedded cookies.

  4. natstowngreg - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    After the cookies, will they take a nap? I could think of several owners who could use a nap, starting with Reinsdorf.

    • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      And a bathroom break, I’m sure.

    • philliesblow - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Only if served with warm milk.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        I assumed the milk. After all, cookies without milk is barbaric.

  5. irishlad19 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    They are idiots if they don’t choose Manfred.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      They are idiots regardless…

  6. mvp43 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Tray of PED’s would be more fitting.

    • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      And the next commissioner is…………….. ARod.

      • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        Or better yet, Anthony Bosch. MLB is already paying him.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        My money is on a cookie.

      • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        They’ll both have about the same effectiveness.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        If they pick anyone other than Pete Rose, it’s a farce.

    • infieldhit - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Pooch-enlarging desserts?

  7. philliesblow - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    It’s going to be Manfred, man. Do Wah Diddy.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Manfred Mann was not the lead singer.

      • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        We’re all blinded by the light with this whole commissioner thing.

      • pete2112 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        Is Manfred Mann still alive? Is it too late to throw his name in the vote?

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Dance Party in the owners meeting!

    • infieldhit - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      I’m glad they specified that it’s a parody.

  9. kcroyal - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I can only hope said cookies were purchased from Wal-Mart. A little extra income for David Glass could lead to a significant FA signing in the off-season.

  10. philliesblow - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Pie > cookies > cake

    • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      bread pudding > cake > pie > cookies

      FTFY

      • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        bread pudding < cake < pie < cookies

        FTFY

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Oh, hello, Mr. Selig. Did you enjoy your cookies and nap?

      • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Bud Selig loves graham crackers.

  11. sdelmonte - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Nothing like a super supermajority to make you scratch your head. If 2/3rds is enough for Congress to do things, it should be enough for MLB.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Seriously? Trivial matters such as amending our Constitution and appointing members of the Supreme Court are NOWHERE near as important as deciding who runs Major League Baseball. You need to reassess your priorities.

  12. randygnyc - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    It’s concerning to me that a guy with strong ties to a particular club is even nominated. Haven’t we had enough of that already? I have. Even the perception of cronyism/favoritism is enough, IMO, for disqualification from consideration

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Selig had nothing to do with the Brewers, ever. That was his other brother Darryl.

      • alankelly2013 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Bud Selig stole the Seattle Pilots away after one season and moved them to Milwaukee. I haven’t liked the guy since. I was 14 at the time and very disappointed to loose our baseball team.

      • infieldhit - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        lose

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