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Robert D. Manfred Jr.

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Rob Manfred served as Executive Vice President of Major League Baseball, responsible for Labor Relations and Human Resources, starting in 1998. He is credited with helping to usher two decades of labor peace following the devastating 1994 strike, first as assistant to Bob DuPuy and later as chief negotiator beginning in 2011, and for implementing the toughest drug prevention program in North American professional sports. He was a major figure in the Biogenesis Laboratories scandal and the suspension of superstar Alex Rodriguez which ensued. In particular, he is the one who took the decision on behalf of MLB to spend $125,000 to buy incriminating documents from the sports clinic in order to further its investigation of players suspected of PED use. In 2013, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer - in effect Commissioner Bud Selig's deputy.

In early August 2014, Manfred was identified as one of the three finalists, along with Tim Brosnan and Tom Werner, to succeed Selig, at the end of a search process led by St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr.. He was considered the early favorite to be designated the new Commissioner. On August 14th he was elected as the 10th Commissioner of Major League Baseball, to take office on January 25, 2015, with a five-year contract. While a number of rounds of voting were required to come to the decision, with Brosnan dropping out early i the process, but owners who were seeking changes giving their support to Werner. Two-thirds of the votes were required for election, and in the end, Manfred was elected unanimously, 30 votes to none. The choice was seen as one in favor of continuity, given how closely Manfred had worked with Selig over the years. MLBPA head Tony Clark also expressed support with Manfred's choice, adding that players had 15 years of positive experience in working with him.

Manfred grew up in Rome, NY. Before joining MLB, Manfred was a partner in a large Washington, DC law firm, specializing in labor and employment law. The firm was hired by the major league owners to provide legal counsel starting with the 1990 strike.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Paul Hagen: "Manfred to succeed Selig as next Commissioner", mlb.com, August 14, 2014. [1]
  • Bob Nightengale: "Manfred ready for the undertaking as the next MLB commissioner", USA Today Sports, August 14, 2014. [2]
  • Paul White: "Commissioner Rob Manfred's top priorities entering office", USA Today Sports, August 14, 2014. [3]

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