By Jordan Wevers @JordanWevers on August 16, 2014
On August 14, MLB owners elected Rob Manfred as the next commissioner of baseball, that will effectively end Bud Selig's 24 years at the helm beginning January of 2015. Here are five facts about one of the future's most powerful men in professional sports.
Manfred is very well educated, with Ivy League schools written all over his resume. He earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and followed that up by attending Harvard Law school. He eventually went on to become a partner at the firm Morgan, Lewis and Bockius in Philadelphia, PA.
The field of law has many branches and categories. Manfred made a point of specializing in labor and employment law, which became a natural segue for his transition into MLB.
Manfred got his foot in the door with one of America's oldest athletic institutions before Selig was even commissioner. Given his labor and employment expertise, he began working with MLB on their collective bargaining agreement in 1987. He then served as outside counsel for ownership during the 1994-95 strike.
After the strike, Manfred joined MLB in a full-time capacity starting in 1998. He served 15 years as the Executive Vice President of Economics and League Affairs. In 2010, Selig fired then COO Bob DuPuy. The position was vacant until September 28, 2013 when Manfred was named his successor and the new Chief Operating Officer of MLB.
He was born in Rome, NY. At 55, Manfred represents a completely different generation than Selig, who is 80. He is married with four children, and sits on the Board for Catholic School of Holy Child in Rye, NY.
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