Who: Rob Manfred, 55, of Rome, N.Y.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Cornell, law degree from Harvard.

Background: Major League Baseball’s chief operating officer since Sept. 28, 2013. No. 2 to Bud Selig in the MLB hierarchy. Before that he served for 15 years as executive vice president of labor relations. Before entering baseball, he served as a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Section of a Washington, D.C., law firm.

How he was chosen: Manfred won MLB’s first contested election for commissioner in 46 years. He beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. The third candidate, MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan, dropped out just before the start of voting.

What’s next: Selig’s latest plan is to step down in January, at age 80. Only Kenesaw Mountain Landis had a longer tenure (1920-44) as the head of baseball.

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