MLB COO Rob Manfred has been elected the 10th Commissioner in MLB history, and will replace the outgoing Bud Selig next year. Manfred emerged victorious after squaring off against Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner in the vote count throughout the day. MLB’s EVP of Business Tim Brosnan reportedly withdrew before the first vote. “In the end, the vote was unanimous,” said Selig, whose term runs through Jan. 24, to reporters.
“I am truly honored to have been elected by the Clubs of Major League Baseball, and I will work every day to honor their faith and support,” said Manfred in a statement. “I humbly extend my gratitude to all of our Clubs. I also thank Bud Selig for his mentorship, friendship and his record of accomplishment as our sport’s Commissioner. We have the greatest game in the world, and together, all of the contributors to our sport can make its future even brighter.”