After much deliberation, Major League Baseball has officially named current chief operating officer Robert Manfred as its successor to retiring commissioner Bud Selig.
Manfred was named to his current position last September, but prior to that he served as executive V.P. of labor relations. In that role, he ran point on the last three collective bargaining agreements, helping to avoid another work stoppage.
That gives him a good working relationship with the MLBPA, and that may well have been the single biggest chip in his favor when it came to choosing a replacement for Selig.
This is not meant to be an in-depth look at who Rob Manfred is, though. Instead, it's an overview of what the new commissioner will be dealing with when he officially steps into his new position once Selig's contract expires in January.
Think of it as a to-do list of sorts, for what he'll be looking to accomplish/deal with in the months and years to come.