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Manfred to replace Selig

BALTIMORE (AP) - Major League Baseball's chief operating officer Rob Manfred has received a promotion.

     Manfred has been elected baseball's 10th commissioner by team owners and will succeed Bud Selig in January.

     Manfred is a labor lawyer who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998. He beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in the first contested vote for a new commissioner in 46 years.

     One baseball executive who attended the 4  1/2-hour meeting told The Associated Press that Manfred was elected on approximately the sixth ballot. The initial vote was 20-10 for Manfred, three short of the required three-quarters majority.

     The 80-year-old Selig has ruled baseball since September 1992, when he was among the owners who forced Commissioner Fay Vincent's resignation.

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