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Rob Manfred
Rob Manfred
Rob Manfred 7-15-2014.jpg
Manfred in 2014
10th Commissioner of Baseball

January 25, 2015
Bud Selig
Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball

September 28, 2013 - January 25, 2015
Bob DuPuy
Tony Petitti
Personal details
Born Robert D. Manfred Jr.
(1958-09-28) September 28, 1958 (age 59)
Rome, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Cornell University (B.S.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Employer Major League Baseball
Website MLB Bio

Robert D. Manfred Jr. (born September 28, 1958) is an American lawyer and business executive who is the tenth and current Commissioner of Baseball. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball (MLB) and succeeded Bud Selig as Commissioner on January 25, 2015.

Early life and career

Manfred was born on September 28, 1958 in Rome, New York.[1] He attended Rome Free Academy and graduated in 1976.[2] Manfred enrolled at Le Moyne College from 1976 through 1978 before transferring to Cornell University. He graduated from Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Harvard Law School.[3][4][5]

After law school, he clerked for Judge Joseph L. Tauro of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He became a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, focusing on labor and employment law.[6][7]

Major League Baseball

In 1987, Manfred began working with Major League Baseball (MLB) during collective bargaining.[7] During the 1994-95 MLB strike, he served as outside counsel for the owners.[6] He joined MLB on a full-time basis in 1998, serving as the Executive Vice President of Economics and League Affairs.[4] Manfred negotiated MLB's first drug testing agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) in 2002, and represented MLB in negotiations with the MLBPA when forming new collective bargaining agreements in 2002, 2006 and 2011.[8] In 2013, Manfred led MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis scandal.[9]

At the end of the 2013 season, Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig promoted Manfred to chief operating officer of MLB.[4] The position had been vacant since Bob DuPuy resigned in 2010.[10] Following the announcement of Selig's retirement, effective after the 2014 season, Manfred became a finalist to succeed him as Commissioner.[11][12]

On August 14, 2014, MLB owners elected Manfred to succeed Selig, beating Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and MLB executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan.[7] Manfred assumed office on January 25, 2015.[13] He stated that his primary goals as commissioner were youth outreach, embracing technology, quickening the pace of play, strengthening player relations, and creating a more unified business operation.[14]

As commissioner, Manfred instituted rules before the start of the 2015 season to address the pace of play, including having batters remain in the batters box and the installation of time clocks to limit the time spent around commercial breaks.[15] Before the 2018 season, Manfred introduced more rule changes to affect the pace of play, including reducing the time in commercial breaks and limiting player visits to the pitcher's mound.[16]

Personal life

Growing up in Upstate New York, Manfred was a fan of the New York Yankees.[17] His father led the Rome, New York, division of Revere Copper and Brass, while his mother was a schoolteacher.[8][18] He has an older sister and a younger brother.[18]

Manfred is married and has four children.[4] He serves as a Board member at Catholic School of Holy Child in Rye, New York.[19][20] His daughter Megan Manfred married Timothy Petrella of Minnetonka, Minnesota, son of the president of UnitedHealthcare Community and State, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sleepy Hollow, New York.[21] His son Michael married Ashley Allen at Catholic Church of the Transfiguration in Tarrytown, New York.[22]


  1. ^ Blum, Ronald (January 27, 2015). "Manfred's To-Do List Long". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, Illinois. Retrieved 2015 - via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "RFA Class Of 1976 Graduate Rob Manfred Voted Next Commissioner Of Baseball". Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "Baseball's new commissioner Rob Manfred, a Le Moyne Dolphin, has some serious challenges". Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Commissioner Selig names Rob Manfred as the Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball | News" (Press release). Major League Baseball. September 30, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  5. ^ "Michael Weiner a new kind of baseball players' union boss - Chicago Tribune". December 26, 2009. Retrieved 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "BASEBALL; Baseball Talks May Resume". New York Times. July 9, 1995. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Rob Manfred voted next MLB commissioner -- ESPN". August 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Rob Manfred, MLB's new commissioner, built resume through successes on labor and anti-doping front". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2015. 
  9. ^ "Baseball COO Rob Manfred to be witness in Alex Rodriguez appeal, sources say". Retrieved 2015. 
  10. ^ Shaikin, Bill (September 30, 2013). "Rob Manfred named COO of Major League Baseball". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ Zinser, Lynn (August 15, 2014). "A Look at the Three Who Would Be MLB Commissioner". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "Who is Rob Manfred? Man who should be next MLB commissioner -- MLB". Sporting News. August 13, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bud Selig named Commissioner Emeritus, to make $6M pension". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2015. 
  14. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (January 25, 2015). "New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's top five priorities -- ESPN". Retrieved 2015. 
  15. ^ "Rob Manfred thinks inside the box to speed up MLB games". KSDK. February 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
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  17. ^ Steve Ruark/AP. "An exclusive Q&A with new commissioner Rob Manfred on baseball's challenges -- MLB --". Retrieved 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Meet Major League Baseball's new commissioner, Rob Manfred -- ESPN". Retrieved 2015. 
  19. ^ "Rob Manfred | MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference". Retrieved 2014. 
  20. ^ "School of the Holy Child: Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2014. 
  21. ^ "Megan Manfred, Timothy Petrella -- Weddings -- New York Times". Retrieved 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ashley Allen, Michael Manfred". New York Times. June 16, 2013. Retrieved 2014. 

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