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Manfred elected MLB commissioner
Although Selig had hoped the succession would be more of a coronation, a small faction of owners rallied behind Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and deprived Manfred of a first-ballot victory.
With 23 votes needed for election, Manfred reportedly got 22 votes on the first ballot and Werner eight. Manfred is believed to have gotten 22 votes on a second ballot and won on the third ballot, by a 30-0 acclamation, according to a person familiar with the process.
Manfred, the chief operating officer of MLB for the last 11 months, made his name as baseball’s top labor lawyer. He developed a strong working relationship with the players’ union, negotiating a series of collective bargaining agreements that has made MLB the only major North American sport to play the past two decades without a strike or lockout. That labor peace has contributed to the sharp increase in baseball’s annual revenues — from $1 billion at the start of Selig’s tenure to $9 billion today.
However, Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf opposed Manfred and led a group of owners — the Angels’ Arte Moreno among them — that settled on Werner as its candidate. The dissension led to the formation of a search committee, politicking among owners that rivaled Congressional deal-making, and the first contested election for commissioner since 1969.