Longtime MLB executive Rob Manfred was chosen Thursday by the league’s owners to be the 10th commissioner of Major League Baseball, according to MLB.com.
Manfred was elected after several ballots to replace Bud Selig, who will step down in January, at age 80.
Manfred received 22 votes on the first ballot, one short of election, at the league’s owners meeting in Baltimore. Tim Brosnan, baseball’s executive vice president for business, and Boston Red Sox owner Tom Werner were also considered, though Brosnan withdrew his name before voting began Thursday morning.
MLB’s chief operating officer since September 2013, Manfred served as the executive vice president of labor relations the previous 15 years. Selig’s handpicked successor, Manfred negotiated three consecutive labor agreements without a work stoppage. He was also involved in issues ranging from revenue sharing to performance enhancing drugs, according to ESPN.com.