Takeaways: (1) Bud Selig is still leaving, which marks the longest he’s ever stuck with a retirement decision before; and (2) Rob Manfred is likely his successor given this move:
Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig has begun the transition process in preparation for his retirement in January 2015 by appointing Robert D. Manfred, Jr. as the new Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball, he announced today. The promotion is effective immediately.
Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, most recently served as Executive Vice President for Economics & League Affairs, responsible for major economic matters such as revenue sharing and the debt service rule, as well as franchise-specific matters involving the 30 Major League Clubs.
According to the press release, this gives Manfred day-to-day control of Major League Baseball operations while Selig remains the final decision maker and deals with the larger matters before the league.
Ultimately it is up to the owners, not Bud Selig, to name the next commissioner. But with this move Selig is making it clear who he wants it to be.