Baseball Note of the Day – August 14, 2014

After much speculation as to whether or not a small rogue group of powerful owners would have enough power and leverage to get the votes for their guy, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner, things fell into place for Bug Selig’s anointed successor, Rob Manfred, and today he was elected to be the next Commissioner of Baseball.

Manfred, a Harvard-educated lawyer who once clerked for Senior United States District Judge Joseph L. Tauro who over a career spanning 42 years on the bench became most well known as the trial judge who first held the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional, first rose to prominence as outside counsel for major league baseball owners during the infamous strike of 1994-5. I’m sure that has ingratiated him to the players who expect to see a fair-minded commissioner who respects and protects the players’ interests no less than those of the owners. We shall see.

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