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VIDEO: Watch the press conference for MLB commissioner-elect Rob Manfred

Aug 14, 2014, 8:33 PM EDT

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It wasn’t easy, but today the owners of MLB’s 30 teams unanimously elected Rob Manfred as the 10th commissioner in baseball history. He’ll replace Bud Selig, who will retire in January of 2015.

Manfred’s election was announced by Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt, Jr., who served as the chairman of the succession committee. You can watch video of the press conference below, complete with comments from Manfred:

MLB has also issued a press release. Below are statements from DeWitt and commissioner Selig:

DeWitt said: “The Succession Committee was tasked with finding a dynamic leader capable of sustaining the remarkable prosperity achieved under Commissioner Selig.  Equally important, we sought an executive who will ensure that our game takes important strides forward in the future.  In Rob Manfred, we have found that leader.

“Without fanfare or glory, Rob has assembled a long and proven record of helping the game excel in fundamental ways.  He combines great intellect and forward-thinking creativity with unwavering respect for the contributions of the game’s many constituents.  The owners wholeheartedly support Rob’s vision for the future of the National Pastime, and we are proud that he will succeed Commissioner Selig in January.”

Commissioner 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.”

  1. natstowngreg - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    It was the press conference you would expect for a leadership transition, when the transition didn’t go as smoothly as desired. No news was made, which was fine with the suits at MLB HQ.

    Celebrate the outgoing guy ‘s legacy. Extoll the new guy’s virtues. Respect the process. Smooth over the controversy. And, for God’s sake, don’t talk about substantive issues, except in platitudes.

    • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Sounds just like the press conference they would have had if the transition did go as smoothly as desired.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        Yup, that was part of the press conference’s success, for their purposes.

  2. jimmywho14 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    So much for getting rid of Amaro

  3. padraighansen - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Bad day for baseball. Manfred has the brains, by far, to exceed. But his massive, massive ego, short temper, and horrendous communication skills will prove to be his downfall.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      OK, well, that’s settled. So who would you like to see as the next-next commissioner, to come in and clean up the mess Manfred leaves behind?

  4. grnngold - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Selig will be a hard act to follow, his 23 years brought baseball to a new high. Good job Bud!!!

    • pete2112 - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Are you serious? If you consider the strike of 94, the PED debacle over the last twenty years and the handling of some of the rule changes the last couple years a new high then I want what you’re drinking.

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