MLB Owners Pick League's COO As New Commissioner

NPR | Aug. 14, 2014 10:02 p.m.

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Chris Hopkins

Chief Operating Officer of Major League Basball Rob Manfred speaks June 26 during a Memorial Tribute To Tony Gwynn by the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park in San Diego, Calif.

Chief Operating Officer of Major League Basball Rob Manfred speaks June 26 during a Memorial Tribute To Tony Gwynn by the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park in San Diego, Calif.

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Major League baseball found its new manager inside the clubhouse, MLB.com reports, as owners voted to elevate current Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred to commissioner in January, when Bud Selig is set to retire. Selig has led the league for 22 years.

Manfred beat Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in the final vote, MLB.com reports. Selig says that the vote was unanimous.

“There were differences of opinion, but in the end we came together,” he said during a press conference.

“I’m tremendously honored by the confidence that the owners showed in me today,” Manfred says. “I have very big shoes to fill in following commissioner Selig.”

Manfred praises Selig and thanks him for his support.

“He has been a friend and mentor to me the entire 25 years that I’ve been in the game,” Manfred says. “There is no question that I would not be standing here today if it weren’t for Bud.”

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