Rob Manfred to step down: MLB Commissioner’s retirement plans revealed

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LOS ANGELES, Feb 17, (Agencies): Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has officially declared his retirement, set to take effect in January 2029. Speaking at a spring training news conference, the 65-year-old revealed his decision to step aside once his current term concludes on January 25, 2029, as reported by the Associated Press.

Manfred, who succeeded Bud Selig and became the league’s 10th commissioner, expressed that by the end of his 14-year tenure and at the age of 70, he believes it’s time for a new chapter. He originally assumed the role with a five-year term in 2015, a position extended by MLB team owners in November 2018 through the 2024 season. In July 2023, he received a further extension of 5 and a half years.

Addressing his decision, Manfred stated, “You can only have so much fun in one lifetime,” emphasizing that he had been transparent with the league about his intentions. He assured, “I have been open with them about the fact that this is going to be my last term. I said it to them before the election in July, and I’m absolutely committed to that.”

Reflecting on the upcoming selection process for his successor, Manfred anticipated a familiar procedure. “I’m sure the selection process is going to look like it looked the last time,” he explained. “There’ll be a committee of owners that’ll be put together, and they’ll identify candidates, an interview process, and ultimately someone or a slate of people will be put forward.”

As of now, no candidates have publicly declared their intent to fill Manfred’s seat in 2029. The league awaits the unfolding of the selection process for its next commissioner.

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