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Bud Selig Successor to be Selected Next Week

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Bud SeligBud Selig’s successor as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball is to be decided next week at an MLB owners meeting to be held in Baltimore where the owners will vote on the 3 finalists to select the next commissioner.

The 3 finalists are as follows,MLB’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president for business Tim Brosnan and¬†Boston Red Sox¬†chairman Tom Werner. The identity of the finalists were first reported by USA Today.

The decision will be made on August 14th, the last day of the MLB quarterly owners meeting.

In order for a candidate to be elected the successor to Selig, they must earn the votes of at least 23 of the MLB owners. Manfred has long been considered the front runner to succeed Selig, but there is a group of owners, supposedly led by Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Los Angeles angels owner Arte Moreno.

This group has elected Werner for the job and are working to get at least 8 votes, thus effectively blocking the election of Manfred.

If there is no consensus on the first vote, there will be a second, and as many as necessary until a decision is finally reached as to the next commissioner of baseball.

Selig announced that he would step down as MLB commissioner in January of 2015 when his term expires. Selig also silenced skeptics about the announcement when he formed a search committee in May, and appointed Manfred to the Chief Operating Officer. Manfred’s appointment to baseball’s COO has been viewed as Selig’s endorsement of a candidate.

No matter how much debate takes place at the owners meeting next week, baseball will know who its next commissioner is in just over a week.

Selig has served as the MLB commissioner since 1992.

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