Today is the day that Rob Manfred takes over as Major League Baseball’s first new commissioner in 23 years. It will be interesting to see what changes might (or might not) be in store for the sport. As part of his vision for the league, Manfred has talked about reaching out to the game’s younger fans, improving on the technology provided by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and continuing “modernization” of the game. This third point both intrigues and worries me, but it’s much too early to pass judgment. About the only thing we really can say for sure right now is that today marks the beginning of a new era for baseball.
Bud Selig is down to his last handful of days as commissioner of baseball. Selig took over baseball as chairman of the executive council in 1992, following Fay Vincent’s resignation. Though he insisted that he would never take the job permanently, Selig was elected commissioner in 1998 and will have been in charge of baseball for the second-longest term in baseball history. Only Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who held the job from 1920 to 1944, was commissioner longer. On Sunday, January 25, Rob Manfred will take over as the new commissioner of baseball, thus ending Selig’s long run.