Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports Rob Manfred has been named the new commissioner of baseball:
Manfred is new commissioner. #MLB— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 14, 2014
Following the first vote, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com previously reported there was no decision on Bud Selig's replacement:
Owners deadlocked after at least one ballot. Break now, some seen huddling before next ballot— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) August 14, 2014
Heyman reported on the vote tally from the first ballot:
Heyman provided more details:
MLB COO Rob Manfred received 22 of 30 owners' votes in a ballot to become the next commissioner of Major League, sources tell CBSSports.com, but with 23 necessary for election, there is still work to be done.
Election necessitates 23 votes (75 percent), and part-Red Sox owner Tom Werner received eight votes, delaying the process, if only for a little while. The owners took a break here at the Hyatt Regency, but were quickly back to work.
Earlier, Heyman reported on the voting for the next MLB commissioner:
Tim Brosnan drops out before mlb commish vote. Now down to rob manfred and tom werner— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 14, 2014
Heyman later reported more on Brosnan's decision:
Brosnan's surprise decision to drop out leaves MLB COO Rob Manfred and Red Sox part-owner Tom Werner as the two finalists remaining for the commissioner job. Brosnan was thought to have the support of one or two teams, including the Reds. Brosnan has been seen as someone who could join Werrner's team.
Manfred is seen as having about 20 votes but 23 are needed for election.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
USA Today's Bob Nightengale has an update on MLB's selection process:
Major League Baseball has identified three finalists to replace Commissioner Bud Selig and will vote on the successor Aug. 14, a high-ranking MLB executive with direct knowledge of the hiring process told USA TODAY Sports.
The owners, according to the executive, will choose between Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer; Tim Brosnan, MLB's executive vice president of business; and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.
The executive spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the search.
Approval is required from 23 of 30 owners to elect a new commissioner.
This isn't just Derek Jeter's farewell season. Bud Selig has remained adamant that he will retire from his position as MLB commissioner following the 2014 campaign.
According to The Wall Street Journal's Brian Costa, the league has already begun the process to find a replacement, with Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred serving as the leading candidate:
Sources: Rob Manfred, Tim Brosnan and Bob Bowman have all formally interviewed for the MLB commissioner’s job. Manfred heavily favored.— Brian Costa (@BrianCostaWSJ) July 22, 2014
Costa added some more details:
Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer and longtime labor chief, who has Selig's support, has the backing of roughly 20 owners, according to interviews with four high-ranking team executives. And while a formal vote is still likely months away—a candidate must receive at least 23 votes to win the job—a clear rival to Manfred has yet to emerge.
Manfred, who was promoted to COO following the 2013 season, has long been seen as Selig's heir apparent. He has been a major part in negotiating several collective bargaining agreements and most recently led the investigative effort against Alex Rodriguez and other players in the Biogenesis scandal.
The Chicago Sun-Times' Chris De Luca put it simply:
Still, not all the owners favor him.
Back in May, The New York Times' Michael S. Schmidt reported that Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf was opposed to Selig handpicking his replacement and thus was not on board with the candidacy of Manfred, Selig's right-hand man.
Whoever ultimately gets the job is going to have some big shoes to fill.
Selig, who has been commissioner since 1992, recently talked about his legacy, via The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy:
I've thought a lot about it and I guess when all is said and done, I'd say the economic reformation of the sport [is the legacy] because there have been so many manifestations of that ... We have the best competitive balance we've ever had and it's led to so many other things.
Selig has had plenty of hiccups, from the infamous All-Star Game tie to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series to the steroid era, but there's no question the league has taken massive steps forward during his reign.
It's going to take an impressive candidate to continue to grow the league while handling a number of looming issues. The MASN negotiations could still be ongoing when Selig retires, and there's always the threat of performance-enhancing drugs putting an ugly blemish on the game.
For now, though, it appears Selig and many owners are confident that Manfred is the man for the job.