Bud Selig has long been the name printed on the front of ever baseball that has been pitched, hit, or homered in a major league ballpark. On January 25, 2015, that will no longer be the case. Current Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer, Rob Manfred will be taking over for the 80-year-old Selig.
While the Boston Red Sox chairman, Tom Werner initially challenged the selection, the vote eventually reached a unanimous selection.
Selig has been the face of baseball for a long time, and here in Twins Territory, fans may have mixed feelings. After all, it was in 2001 that Selig proposed the Minnesota Twins to be the second team contract alongside the Montreal Expos. It was well documented that baseball wanted the Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins) gone, but the leverage wasn’t there.
With that being said however, Selig rose from that trying time for Twins fans, and Minnesota rolled off multiple division titles, dug themselves out of the putrid Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, and rose to new heights at the newly erected Target Field.
Selig has been a staple for the game. He has made it through trying times, such as the eighth work stoppage in baseball history during the 1994-95 season. Selig has also experienced highs such as bring Major League Baseball to new heights when it comes to economic standing.
At any rate, in January, Manfred will be a representation of a changing of the guard. He will be tasked with carrying on Major League Baseball’s legacy, and continuing the success that Selig leaves the game with.
Rob Manfred has been involved with baseball for a long time, and he has all the acumen to succeed as well. His reception will only be determined in the time to come.