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Rob Manfred 'heavily favored' to be next MLB commissioner, per report

We're getting closer to discovering the identity of Bud Selig's successor.

Patrick McDermott

Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred is heavily favored to be the league's next commissioner, according to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal (via CBS Sports).

Manfred is one of three candidates who have formally interviewed for the position, per Costa, joining MLB executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan and MLB Advanced Media CEO Bob Bowman. Manfred, 56, served as the outside counsel for MLB's owners during the 1994-95 strike and was hired by the league in 1998 as the executive vice president of economics and league affairs. He was promoted to his current position at the end of the 2013 season, three years after Selig fired the previous COO, Bob DuPuy.

Incumbent MLB commissioner Bud Selig is nearing the end of his 20-year tenure in the position. On Sept. 26, 2013, he formally announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2014 calendar year.