Rob Manfred will succeed Bud Selig and become the 10th commissioner in the history of Major League baseball. The owners came up with the required 23 votes (out of 30) after two tries resulted in Manfred garnering 22, one short.
Manfred is currently MLB’s Chief Operating Officer, formally, and Selig’s right-hand man, informally. He was Selig’s guy and he got the nod over Tim Brosnan, MLB’s vice president, and Tom Werner, part owner of the Red Sox.
The commissioner works for the owners, of course, and the election saw some drama, before Manfred finally emerged victorious. He inherits a game in very good health, with attendance and revenue numbers being very robust.