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VIDEO: Watch the press conference for MLB commissioner-elect Rob Manfred


It wasn’t easy, but today the owners of MLB’s 30 teams unanimously elected Rob Manfred as the 10th commissioner in baseball history. He’ll replace Bud Selig, who will retire in January of 2015.

Manfred’s election was announced by Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt, Jr., who served as the chairman of the succession committee. You can watch video of the press conference below, complete with comments from Manfred:

MLB has also issued a press release. Below are statements from DeWitt and commissioner Selig:

DeWitt said: “The Succession Committee was tasked with finding a dynamic leader capable of sustaining the remarkable prosperity achieved under Commissioner Selig.  Equally important, we sought an executive who will ensure that our game takes important strides forward in the future.  In Rob Manfred, we have found that leader.

“Without fanfare or glory, Rob has assembled a long and proven record of helping the game excel in fundamental ways.  He combines great intellect and forward-thinking creativity with unwavering respect for the contributions of the game’s many constituents.  The owners wholeheartedly support Rob’s vision for the future of the National Pastime, and we are proud that he will succeed Commissioner Selig in January.”

Commissioner Selig said: “The unanimous vote of the owners reflects our industry’s position that Rob Manfred is the best person to lead our game forward.  Having worked with Rob for more than 20 years, and knowing the training he has had within our great game, I believe he is an outstanding choice who will bring true passion and leadership to Major League Baseball.”

Red Sox ask Hanley Ramirez to report 15-20 pounds lighter next spring

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Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.

Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.

Video: Clayton Kershaw notches his 300th strikeout

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Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.

He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.

Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …

The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.

Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.