According to Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, MLB owners should re-elect Commissioner Rob Manfred for a new term next week.
Manfred needs at least 16 out of 30 team owners to vote for him to keep his job. The vote is not expected to be that close.
“No doubt it never has,” an anonymous source told The Athletic. “It’s a foregone conclusion [that he will be reelected]”.
Manfred, 64, first took over as commissioner in 2015. He succeeded Bud Selig, who held the post for 22 years. He was last re-elected in 2018, extending his second term as commissioner until January 2025. If Manfred is elected again and his term remains for five years, he will be MLB Commissioner until 2030.
Throughout his career, Manfred has dealt with many criticisms and major challenges – the latest being Oakland Athletic’s planned move to Las Vegas, the bankruptcy of Diamond Sports Group, and a minor league paycheck – but the league has undeniably grown under his leadership. He brought in a record nearly $11 billion last season, and his new media rights deal grew by nearly $250 million last season, according to Forbes.
“I have what I consider to be the best job in the world,” Manfred told The Athletic during the All-Star break earlier this month. “At the moment, I think I would like to keep doing that.”
It is not yet clear when a vote to elect Manfred a third time will take place, although it could happen as early as Tuesday during the owners’ meetings in Washington, DC. Commissioners are eligible to be re-elected as early as 18 months before the expiration of their contract. If the owners decided to replace Manfred or extend the voting window, it would take at least 23 owners to approve the vote, not a simple majority.
Manfred is reported to be earning over $25 million a year as a commissioner. In comparison, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is reported to make over $10 million in a season, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reported by Front Office Sports to make over $60 million in a season.