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Manfred elected MLB commissioner
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From left, Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig, Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., chairman of a baseball commissioner succession committee, speak to reporters after team owners elected Manfred as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball during an owners quarterly meeting in Baltimore Thursday, August 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark) - photo by Associated Press
BALTIMORE — Rob Manfred was elected baseball's 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink. The 55-year-old Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball in roles with ever-increasing authority since 1998, will take over from the 80-year-old Selig on Jan. 25. It's a generational change much like the NBA undertook when Adam Silver, then 51, replaced 71-year-old David Stern as commissioner in February.