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

8 Comments

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.”

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

Yonder Alonso
Getty Images
Leave a comment

The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.