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5 Reasons Why Rob Manfred Is Right Choice As New MLB Commissioner

5 Reasons Why Rob Manfred Is Right Choice As New MLB Commissioner

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Rob Manfred was elected the 10th commissioner of MLB last week, and there are people already wondering what he will do to change the game or keep it the same. The other question many may have is whether or not Manfred is the right man for the job. This is one hire MLB got right.

5. He already has the experience

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5. He already has the experience

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Manfred has years of experience under his belt as the COO of MLB, which means he knows the ins and outs of issues like scheduling, TV contracts and other issues pertinent to the game. An outsider, like Peter Ueberroth and Faye Vincent were to the game, would not know these things right off the bat.

4. Manfred already knows Bud Selig

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4. Manfred already knows Bud Selig

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Because Manfred worked under Selig for so long, many people expect not much will change about the day-to-day operations of the game. When Selig has been unavailable, Manfred has handled issues, and he and Selig tend to think alike on a lot of facets about the game.

3. Wide support of the owners

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3. Wide support of the owners

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Even when Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf tried to hijack the proceedings and tout Tom Werner as the next commissioner, Manfred still had 22 owners supporting him on the first ballot. When it became clear that Manfred had wide support, that number immediately became a unanimous 30. The point is Manfred won't have two fractious ownership groups warring with each other under his watch.

2. Young enough to understand changes needed

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2. Young enough to understand changes needed

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The perception was that at 80 years old, Selig was set in his ways and didn't want to change unless change was absolutely needed. Manfred may be open to more issues such as pace of the game, tweaking instant replay, and issues regarding fan attendance. Revenue jumped in 2013 to six times the amount it was in 1993, so there has been tremendous growth, and change could produce more growth.

1. He gets along with the MLBPA

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1. He gets along with the MLBPA

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Manfred has seen healthy relations with the MLBPA, which is a vital part of what makes the game work. Who would have thought the sport with the most labor peace would be baseball? If you suggested that 20 years ago, people would have laughed you out of the room. Yet, there has not been a strike since 1994, and no threatened work stoppage since 2002. That says a lot in today's business climate.