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Baseball's owners have settled on Rob Manfred to succeed Bud Selig as the MLB commissioner when the 80-year-old's reign ends in January. Manfred is the league's chief operating officer, and more importantly, he's Selig's protege.
Manfred should understand that he owes his new job to his current boss. After landing the gig, he made it clear he plans to return the favor.
"I hope I will perform as the 10th commissioner in a way that will add to [Selig's] great legacy," he explained, via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Once Manfred officially takes the job, there will be all sorts of opportunities to build upon Selig's work. Of course, as Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com reminds us, it's really the owners who call the shots.
So now it’s Rob Manfred’s turn to pretend to be in charge, and in a couple of days, baseball fans can begin the process of turning on him as they did on Selig. Because that, too, is part of the job—catching the grief that the owners don’t want to catch.
From fixing the stadium situations in Oakland and Tampa Bay to resolving the TV mess between Baltimore and Washington, there promises to be plenty of grief for Manfred to deal with. So, feel free to blame Manfred for whatever goes wrong in baseball, but just remember that the commissioner works for the owners.
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