News

Manfred elected next MLB Commissioner

Manfred elected next MLB Commissioner

BASEBALL: Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, center, smiles after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball during an owners quarterly meeting in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 14. Photo: Associated Press/Steve Ruark

By Larry Fine

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Long-time official Rob Manfred was elected the next commissioner of Major League Baseball in a vote by team owners on Thursday.

Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer and its chief labor negotiator for 15 years before that, will succeed 80-year-old Bud Selig, who is retiring in January after 22 years as commissioner.

Manfred, 55, came to the owners’ quarterly meetings as favorite to take over for Selig, but fell one vote short of the 23 he needed from the 30 clubs to win on the first ballot, according to sources with knowledge of the vote.

The choice was down to Manfred or Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner after the third candidate recommended by a search committee, MLB’s vice president for business Tim Brosnan, withdrew from the election before the voting began.

After more than four hours of wrangling, Manfred was elected.

“I think the owners elected a very confident, strong leader and I think he’s going to make a real difference in the future and can build on the accomplishments of the previous administration,” Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos told a small group of reporters.

Said Werner: “I think Rob will make a great commissioner and I’m going to support him.”

(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Gene Cherry)

Local Headlines

34 mins ago in Local

Pedestrian Struck UPDATE

Fresh
ambulance2

The condition of a Spirit Lake woman struck by a pickup and dragged is now listed as being in fair condition.

3 hours ago in Local

SMU Consumer Confidence Report Released

smunewbuilding

The report covers all of the water testing performed in 2015...

3 hours ago in Local

Sanborn Machine Shed Fire

Fire1240

The east end of the building was fully engulfed when crews arrived...

3 hours ago in Local

Stolen Motorcycle And Meth Possession Charges

News Arrest1240 1

Estherville Police pulled over 53-year-old John Tatman late Friday evening for a traffic infraction...

9 hours ago in Local

Tornado Touches Down Near Granville

Updated
by Anita Nykamp

A tornado touched down two miles north of Granville Monday afternoon...