Rob Manfred will succeed Bud Selig as next MLB Commissioner


Jun 26, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred speaks during Tony Gwynn

It is official … Rob Manfred has been selected as the next MLB Commissioner. Manfred will begin as the newest MLB Commissioner in Jan. ’15, replacing current commissioner Bud Selig.

In an article, Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was quoted as saying:

"“Bud Selig has done a tremendous job during his tenure as Commissioner, and we look forward, collectively, to Rob’s stewardship of this great game. The decision to select the next Commissioner was likely baseball’s most important during my remaining time as an owner, and it was a decision that deserved our full scrutiny, discussion and debate.”"

Manfred is 55 years old.

I can’t say I know a lot about the newest MLB commissioner, but once Selig’s term is complete on Jan. 24, 2015, I’m excited as to where Manfred can take the sport of baseball.

One of my favorite decisions Selig has made as commissioner was installing the Wild Card round in the postseason, as it makes the September push to the postseason even more exciting than it already is.

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My least favorite decision by Selig when it comes to on-field play is having the winner of the All-Star Game get home field advantage during the World Series. It makes zero sense.

Either way, congrats to the newly elected commissioner and like I said before, I’m excited to see where MLB is headed in the future.