On Thursday, Rob Manfred beat out Red Sox part-owner Tom Werner to become the newest MLB Commissioner. There were 2 voting sessions that took place Thursday, earlier in the day the votes came in 22-8 favoring Manfred, just one vote shy of the required 23 (or 3/4) needed to be tabbed Commissioner. In the moments following the announcement Manfred commented on his new role saying, “I am tremendously honored by the confidence owners showed in me today…I have very big shoes to fill.”
For the past 15 years Manfred has acted as the executive vice president of labor relations and is responsible for three consecutive labor agreements between MLB team owners and its players. Manfred was the favorite going into Thursdays voting, he has been very close to Bud Selig and was someone who Selig thought would be a suitable replacement when he retires. Manfred will take over for outgoing Commissioner Selig who announced several months ago that he will be retiring this January. For the past 15 years.
MLB’s newest Commissioner will have a tough road ahead of him, he has to deal with the decreased interest of baseball amongst Americas youth. Another issue that is plaguing baseball is the length of the games, which many fans have complained as a reason why they aren’t as interested in baseball.