Rob Manfred
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Rob Manfred became Commissioner of Major League Baseball on January 25, 2015, after previously serving as the league’s Chief Operating Officer. A New York native and fan of the Yankees while growing up, Manfred is a former lawyer and business executive, having graduated from Cornell and Harvard Law, which led to a partnership at Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius.

Then, in 1987, he took his first job with MLB during collective bargaining negotiations. He served as outside counsel for the various team owners during the ’94-95 strike, and then joined MLB full-time in 1998, becoming Executive Vice President of Economics and League Affairs. He was instrumental in negotiating the league’s first drug test agreement with the MLBPA in 2002, and would further advise on collective bargaining agreements in 2002, 2006, and 2011.

A proponent of youth outreach programs, new technology, and the evolution of the sport, Manfred clearly intends on leaving his stamp on America’s pastime. Before the start of the 2015 season, Manfred made various rules changes that in an effort to speed up the pace of the game, including time clocks that limit the time being spent around commercial breaks, and having batters remain in the batter’s box.


  • Major League Baseball
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius


  • Cornell University (NY, USA)
  • Harvard Law School (USA)

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