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Rob Manfred Elected as New M.L.B. Commissioner

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BALTIMORE — Rob Manfred, a high-ranking executive in Major League Baseball for many years, was chosen Thursday by the league’s owners to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner, one of the most powerful positions in sports.

Mr. Manfred was confirmed after several ballots by baseball’s 30 owners, who convened in a closed-door ballroom in downtown Baltimore. In the initial ballot he received 22 votes, one short of what he needed. Hours later, he got the 23rd vote.

Mr. Selig has run the sport with a firm grip for more than 20 years but has had a halting exit, saying several times that he was considering retirement. His latest plan is to step down in January, at age 80. The league’s owners, in a vote in Baltimore on Thursday, decided to go with Mr. Manfred as the sport’s 10th commissioner.



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