Manfred Elevated 9/30/13
NEW YORK - Rob Manfred has been promoted to the position of Major League Baseball's chief operating officer. The move may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig (SEE'-lig) as commissioner. The sport's No. 2 post had been open for three years. Paul Beeston served in the role from 1997-02, then was replaced by Bob DuPuy (doo-PAY'), who left in October 2010.
Selig, who has headed baseball since September 1992, said last week he intends to retire in January 2015, though some owners remain skeptical.