Global Conference 2017
Robert Manfred Jr.
Robert D. Manfred, Jr., was elected as the 10th commissioner in the history of major league baseball on August 14, 2014, by vote of the 30 Clubs. He officially became the sport's leader on January 25, 2015. As commissioner, Manfred has set goals for the industry that focus on the expansion of youth participation, international growth, improved pace of game, the infusion of technology, increased marketing of the game's young stars and furtherance of the game's diversity goals. The 2016 season produced a new five-year collective bargaining agreement, continuing unprecedented era of labor peace through 2021, and a record year for industry revenues and overall business performance. Manfred became MLB's chief operating officer in 2013. Prior to that, he had served as executive vice president since 1998, directing all collective bargaining issues, including successful renewals of the Basic Agreement in 2002, 2006 and 2011.