Report: MLB COO Rob Manfred 'heavily favored' to replace Bud Selig
MLB COO Rob Manfred is "heavily favored" to take over as commissioner when Bud Selig retires, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Commissioner Bud Selig is finally retiring after the season -- he's said he was retiring in the past but changed his mind -- and MLB is in the process of looking for his replacement. Three have been formally interviewed already:
Sources: Rob Manfred, Tim Brosnan and Bob Bowman have all formally interviewed for the MLB commissioner’s job. Manfred heavily favored.— Brian Costa (@BrianCostaWSJ) July 22, 2014
Manfred is the league's Chief Operating Officer and has long been considered the favorite to replace Selig. Recent reports indicated some owners were not happy with the way the search was going, mostly because it seemed like Manfred already had the job locked up. They wanted a full search and interview process because, as the owners, they have the most to lose.
Brosnan is the league's Executive Vice President of Business. He's been with MLB since 1991. Bowman is the president and CEO of MLB Advance Media, the entity that manages MLB.com and all of the league online activities.
There is no timeline for the league to name Selig's replacement.