The Major League Baseball owners are meeting today to vote on a new commissioner. The two remaining candidates are Rob Manfred and Tom Werner. I wrote about the two candidates the other day, and what each could mean for the future of baseball. A candidate needs 23 votes to be the commissioner. Anything shy of 23 votes leads to another vote. According to Jon Heyman, the vote has Manfred with 22, one shy of what is needed.
Vote produced 22 votes for Rob Manfred, only 1 short of election. 22-8 (werner got 8) Still work to do. #MLB #Commissioner
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 14, 2014
From this point, two things could happen. The first is that one of the people who didn’t vote for Manfred will change his vote, leading to Manfred being the new commissioner. The second thing is that no one changes their vote, the owners reach a stalemate, and then have to look for new candidates and vote later in the process.
Until then, there are cookies.
Three trays of cookies now being hauled into owners during break
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 14, 2014
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.
Bucs supposedly in the 22; what is ownership thinking?
Jeffrey Loria is partial to the snickerdoodles, I hear.