Major League Baseball announced commissioner Rob Manfred signed a four-year contract extension that will continue his tenure through January 25, 2029. Team owners voted to approve Manfred’s new deal to keep him as commissioner.
“It is an honor to serve the best game in the world and to continue the pursuit of strengthening our sport on and off the field,” Manfred said in a statement.
“This season our players are displaying the most vibrant version of our game, and sports fans are responding in a manner that is great for Major League Baseball’s future. Together, all of us in the game will work toward presenting our sport at its finest and broadening its reach and impact for our loyal fans.”
Manfred is currently in his ninth season as MLB commissioner, and while his time has been far from perfect, team owners are clearly happy with the direction of the sport.
The league set a record of nearly $11 billion in revenue last season, and Manfred is also responsible for introducing the three new rule changes this year that have altered the landscape of baseball.
“At a critical moment in the history of our game, Commissioner Manfred has listened to our fans and worked closely with our players to improve America’s pastime,” Seattle Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton said.
“Under his leadership, we have been responsive to the fans’ desire for more action and better pace, continued the game’s spirit of innovation, expanded MLB’s role in youth baseball and softball, and beyond. The significant momentum that MLB has built reflects his ongoing initiatives that are advancing the game.”
Prior to being elected commissioner in August 2014 and assuming the position in January 2015, Manfred served as MLB’s chief operating officer. Upon joining MLB full-time in 1998, Manfred was an executive vice president in which he oversaw labor relations, economics and league affairs.
Rob Manfred met with Dodgers to discuss rule changes
Manfred has individually met with teams this season to discuss the new rules, and last week, he visited the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to their matchup against the Baltimore Orioles.
Manager Dave Roberts praised Manfred for taking the time to provide transparency to clubs and answer questions from players.