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Manfred named new MLB commissioner

Baltimore, MD ( - Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred has been elected as the sport's next commissioner following a contentious day of meetings between owners.

Manfred, who has served as a league executive since 1998, will officially replace the retiring Bud Selig and become the 10th commissioner in MLB history in January.

His appointment to baseball's highest post did not come without opposition, however. Manfred fell one vote shy of the 23 required during Thursday's initial balloting and a consensus had still yet to be reached after a second poll was taken.

The decision ultimately went to a third vote, of which Manfred was unanimously approved once the eight dissenting owners eventually relented.

A group led by Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf had been attempting to block Manfred from election, with Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner their preferred choice. According to the New York Daily News, the White Sox, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Nationals, Angels, Athletics, Diamondbacks and Reds all had backed Werner in the first round of voting.

MLB executive vice president Tim Brosnan also had been a candidate at the start of the day, but withdrew from consideration prior to the first vote.

Following the first stalemate, a second vote was taken in which owners were asked to either approve or disapprove Manfred. That too resulted in a 22-8 split.

After the second vote, USA Today reported that Selig met privately with Reinsdorf in an apparent attempt to sway him to change his support to Manfred, whom the commissioner had been lobbying as his successor.


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