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

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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.”

Marcus Stroman dealing with blister again

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.

Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.

While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.