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Rob Manfred next MLB commissioner

Rob Manfred voted next MLB commissioner - ESPN

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Selig has led baseball since September 1992, first as chairman of the sport's executive council following Fay Vincent's forced resignation, then as commissioner since July 1998. After announcing his intention to retire many times only to change his mind, he said last September that he really, truly planned to leave in January 2015.

One baseball executive who attended the meeting, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because details of the 4 1/2-hour session were not to be divulged, said Manfred was elected on approximately the sixth ballot. The initial vote was 20-10 for Manfred, three short of the required three-quarters majority.

His total increased to 21 on the second ballot and 22 on the third. While teams put written ballots into envelopes, keeping their choices secret, from team official speeches it was evident that the Tampa Bay Rays' Stuart Sternberg and Milwaukee Brewers' Mark Attanasio likely switched their votes, the source said.

Manfred's total dropped to 20, then increased to 22 before a dinner break. He got the needed 23rd vote on the next ballot, apparently from the Washington Nationals. Owners then made the final vote unanimous. The source said that it appeared the Arizona Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays had been the final holdouts.

"What I said to the owners when I came down after the vote is that I didn't really want to even think about who was on what side of what issue at points in the process," Manfred said, "and that my commitment to the owners was that I would work extremely hard day in and day out to convince all 30 of them that they had made a great decision today."

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Toronto president Paul Beeston spoke out strongly against Manfred, the source told the AP. Angels owner Arte Moreno joined Reinsdorf in leading Werner's support. Other teams have said Reinsdorf wanted a commissioner who would take a harsher stance in labor negotiations.

"While Rob may not have been my initial choice for commissioner, the conclusion of a very good process was to name Rob as the person best positioned to help baseball endure and grow even stronger for the next generation of fans," Reinsdorf said in a statement. "Today's decision was reached by 30 owners voting separately but speaking, in the end, with one voice."

Hmmm, not sure what to think of him. What do you think, Geege?

Good ol' boy Selig handpicked him.  It's a dynastic choice.  I turned to Grantland for eloquence:

Getting Manfred instead of Werner is like having Spanish flu instead of encephalitis. You see, Manfred helped author the past three collective bargaining agreements, which included, among other things, caps on amateur bonuses. You might ask: Why’s that bad? Well, it’s not, as long as you’re OK with rich old men forming a cartel to enrich themselves by reducing the amount they pay the 16-year-old Dominican kids who work for them. Manfred was also one of the architects of Major League Baseball’s shady acquisition of the documents in the Biogenesis case, which would make him one of the more ethically icky commissioners in baseball history, if his predecessors hadn’t prolonged the segregation of the game and decided to die on the cross of preventing women reporters from doing their jobs. 

That is a great writeup.


So baseball went for continuation of the old dying way instead of going for reform and the future. 


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