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Baseball Moves Manfred to COO After Selig Says He Will Retire

MLB COO Rob Manfred
Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer, then Executive Vice President, Rob Manfred speaks at a news conference at MLB headquarters on November 22, 2011 in New York City. Photographer: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Rob Manfred was promoted to chief operating officer of Major League Baseball less than a week after Commissioner Bud Selig said he would retire when his term expires after next year.

Manfred, an MLB employee since 1998, had been executive vice president for economics and league affairs. In his new job, he is responsible for day-to-day management of the commissioner’s office in New York, MLB said in a news release.

Manfred was mentioned last week by sports management analysts as among the top prospects to succeed Selig, who said on Sept. 26 that he is retiring. MLB is reorganizing its management structure to “facilitate an orderly transition,” Selig said in today’s statement.

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