In our last post we discussed the legacy that Bud Selig will be leaving behind. Selig was intitially supposed to retire in 2006 but the owners talked him out of it. He tried to retire in 2009 again but alas, he was talked out of it. Now it’s the real deal. Selig’s contract is up on January 24th, 2015 and the search committee is working hard to find the next replacement.
So far, it’s been narrowed down to three.
Tom Werner (Chairman of the Boston Red Sox)
Before becoming chariman of the Boston Redsox, Werner was a television producer. He bought the San Diego Padres in 1990 as his first attempt of owning a professional franchise. Werner received public condemnation when he invited Roseanne Barr (a star from one of his shows) to sing the national anthem. Her rendition was not positively received. Over the next few years the Padres struggled in the standings and Werner sold his majority ownership in 1994. Later Werner co-founded the Fenway Sports Group which purchased majority ownership of the Redsox in 2002. He’s done a lot to help the Boston Redsox become one of the greatest franchise in baseball but the media and fans will have a hard time forgetting his tenure with the Padres.
Tim Brosnan (Executive Vice President, Business for Major League Baseball)
Brosnan took over as Executive VP, Business in 2000 and was the overseer of the biggest media revolution in the sport’s history. The MLB’s business arm, MLB Advanced Media grew exponentially with huge revenues being pulled in from television media rights. Brosnan is undoubtedly a brilliant business mind and largely responsible for growing the industry’s revenue. Many people worry about how Brosnan would deal with the politics of small and large revenue clubs.
Rob Manfred (Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball)
Manfred is currently the number two man in charge and seems to have the best chance of earning the commissioner position. Before becoming the COO of the MLB, Manfred served 15 years as Executive Vice President of Labor Relations. He commending for leading several agreements that were reached without strikes or lockouts from players or managers. Manfred is the best bet if the MLB wishes to extend Selig’s legacy and everything he set in place. Manfred was in line to succeed Selig back in 2006 and 2009 when he was originally set to retire. Of the three candidates, Manfred odds are looking good.
The MLB is all set to have a new commissioner. Who do you think will earn the spot? Better yet, who would be your ideal commissioner? Let us know in the comments section below.