Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred has been elected as the sport's next commisioner following a contentious day of meetings between owners.
Manfred, who has served as a league executive since 1998, will officially replace the retiring Bud Selig and become the 10th commissioner in MLB history in January.
His appointment to baseball's highest post did not come without opposition, however. Manfred fell one vote shy of the 23 required during Thursday's initial balloting and a consensus had still yet to be reached after a second poll was taken.
The decision ultimately went to a third vote, of which Manfred was unanimously approved once the eight dissenting owners eventually relented.