Rob Manfred just one ballot shy in MLB commissioner vote

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BALTIMORE -- MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred received 22 of 30 owners' votes in a ballot to become the next commissioner of Major League Baseball on Thursday, sources tell, but with 23 necessary for election, there is still work to be done.

Election requires 23 votes (75 percent), and Red Sox part-owner Tom Werner received eight votes, delaying the process, if only for a little while. The owners took a break here at the Hyatt Regency, but were quickly back to work.

Werner's candidacy is believed to be backed by the White Sox, Angels and Brewers as well as the Red Sox of course, with four other teams joining to vote for him.

The majority will apparently work to see if one additional vote can be swung to Manfred to elect him to succeed outgoing commissioner Bud Selig.

MLB vice president Tim Brosnan bowed out of the finals earlier in the day, leaving Manfred and Werner as the last two candidates.

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