NEW YORK (AP) – Commissioner Rob Manfred was reelected Wednesday to lead Major League Baseball through 2029.
The decision to give Manfred a third term was made by the 30-team owners during a one-on-one meeting in Washington. This extension keeps Manfred in office until January 25, 2029.
Manfred, 64, replaced Bud Selig in January 2015 and was given a five-year term. The owners voted in November 2018 to offer Manfred another contract through the 2024 season.
Manfred has presided over an era of game rule changes, including the use of a shot timer and a ban on specialized defensive formations beginning this season. The length of games has been cut nearly in half and the offensive production of left-handed hitters has increased.
He also negotiated an agreement with the players to play an abbreviated 60-game season in 2020 due to the pandemic, and that same year began putting an automatic runner on second base in extra-inning games.
Last year the game was stalled for 99 days due to the lockout, a conflict that was resolved with a new collective agreement that will remain in force until the end of the 2026 season.
That collective agreement also expanded the use of designated hitters in the National League.
“It’s an honor to serve the best game in the world and strengthen it on and off the field,” Manfred said in a statement.
“This season, our players are showcasing the most vibrant version of our game yet, and baseball fans are responding in a great way to the future of Major League Baseball. All of us in baseball will work together to best represent our sport and broaden its reach and impact for our loyal fans.
Manfred has been criticized for exempting Houston Astros players involved in the sign-stealing scandal while punishing the team and its officials. Also for allowing the Oakland Athletics to move to Las Vegas. His relationship with the players has been strained and he has vowed to improve the relationship after the lockout.