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MLB Elects Rob Manfred As New Commissioner

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22:  Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Rob Manfred speaks at a news conference at MLB headquarters on November 22, 2011 in New York City. Commissioner Bud Selig announced a new five-year labor agreement between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 22: Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Rob Manfred speaks at a news conference at MLB headquarters on November 22, 2011 in New York City. Commissioner Bud Selig announced a new five-year labor agreement between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The MLB Owners met in Baltimore, Md for owners meetings and the main task of the day was to vote on the new MLB Commissioner. Major League Baseball has announced that the new commissioner will be Rob Manfred, the Chief Operating Officer for the league.

Several votes were taken on Thursday as 23 out of thirty votes are needed to name the new commissioner. According to Jon Heyman, Manfred had come up just one vote shy earlier in the day receiving 22 out of 30 votes. He reports that the other eight votes went to Red Sox part-owner Tom Werner which caused the owners to take a break and return to the vote later.

Manfred will take over for Bud Selig on January 24th, 2015. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer last September and has worked for Major League Baseball in a full-time capacity since 1998.

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