We were all warned last week: MLB owners were likely to vote Rob Manfred as the league commissioner for another period.
That decision rests on MLB owners, and thus his chances of reelection were very, very high.
Now, it’s official: Manfred will retain his position until at least January 2029, per FOX Sports: MLB via a report by MLB insider Evan Drellich.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 26, 2023
Manfred has been the league’s commissioner since January 25, 2015.
He has been in charge of multiple collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations during his tenure, each one more difficult than the other.
Basically, players want things they deserve and the owners, through Manfred, make it more and more difficult every five years.
It’s not like Manfred hasn’t done a thing well: saying that would be a mistake.
Under his watch, baseball has migrated to a quicker, more dynamic game this year thanks to a set of new rules.
That has brought more fans to the stands and in front of TVs.
However, his role in the 2020 negotiations to play in the pandemic season and then the 2021-22 lockout drew lots of fans away at the time.
Mostly because of Manfred and owners, the 2022 season was close to not starting on time and having a shortened calendar.
Thankfully, the game has been able to recover and is actually enjoying a nice period of popularity among fans.
True fans, however, will have a hard time forgetting some of Manfred’s blunders.NEXT: Tigers Pitcher Makes Eye-Opening Comments On The Angels