Rob Manfred has been elected the next commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Mansfred, 55, will replace the 80-year-old Bud Selig who will step down from the position in January.
“I am tremendously honored by the confidence owners showed in me today,” Manfred said, via the Boston Globe. “I have very big shoes to fill.”
Mansfred beat out Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner. A third candidate in Tim Brosnan dropped out of the race prior to voting.
Selig had ruled baseball since 1992 after being part of a group of owners who forced the resignation of Fay Vincent. He operated as baseball’s executive council until July of 1998 when he was formerly placed into the commissioner role.
Mansfred has served as MLB’s chief operating officer for the past year.