Rob Manfred has been elected baseball’s 10th commissioner and will succeed Bud Selig in January.
A labor lawyer who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner on Thursday in the first contested vote for a new commissioner in 46 years.
The 55-year-old, who grew up in Rome, New York, must address issues that include decreased youth interest and the longer games. He has served as MLB’s chief operating officer for the past year.
Selig turned 80 last month and has ruled baseball since September 1992, when he was among the owners who forced Commissioner Fay Vincent’s resignation. He said he intends to retire in January.
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BREWERS KEEP BRAUN OUT: Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun was held out the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs with a sore right hand.
According to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, the 2011 NL MVP has been experiencing a flare-up of a nagging injury.
“Probably the last four, five, six days, it’s been bothering him,” Roenicke said. “We talked a couple of days ago. If it got better, we’d keep him in there. If not, he’s off like this.”
Roenicke noticed Braun had altered his approach at the plate.
“Sometimes it flares up and then you see differences in swings, which I saw yesterday,” he said.
In 98 games, Braun is hitting .279 with 14 homers and 67 RBIs.
The Brewers also rested third baseman Aramis Ramirez and shortstop Jean Segura against the Cubs and right-handed starter Edwin Jackson.
CLEMENS NOT WORRIED ABOUT HALL OF FAME: Roger Clemens is being inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. And the seven-time Cy Young award winner says he isn’t worried about whether he will be elected to the national shrine in Cooperstown.
Clemens pitched 13 years for Boston and won as many games in a Red Sox uniform as Cy Young himself. But he had a bitter split with the team in 1996, and he seemed to seal the divorce when he went to the rival New York Yankees two years later.
Clemens hasn’t gotten the vote for the baseball Hall of Fame because of evidence he used performance-enhancing drugs.
But the Red Sox honored him before Thursday night’s game against the Houston Astros, along with Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra. Longtime announcer Joe Castiglione is also being honored.
RANGERS SHUFFLE PITCHERS: The Texas Rangers have optioned right-hander Nate Adcock, a former Royal, to Class AAA Round Rock, making room on the roster for the expected return of Robbie Ross.
Texas made the moves Thursday, when it recalled left-hander Ross from Round Rock to start that night in place of ailing Yu Darvish.
Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with right elbow inflammation. The Rangers had said then that Ross would start the series finale against Tampa Bay.
Adcock had a 4.50 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Rangers since getting called up July 24. Converted reliever Ross began the season in the Texas rotation, and went 1-4 with a 4.78 ERA in nine starts before going back to the bullpen. He was optioned June 17 to Round Rock, where he started.