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Dec 3, 2014 12:19 PM

Brosnan to leave MLB after losing to Manfred

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Brosnan will leave Major League Baseball at the end of January after losing to Rob Manfred in the competition to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner.

Brosnan, who joined MLB in 1991, is among six executive vice presidents serving under Selig and Manfred, who was promoted from EVP to chief operating officer in September 2013 after Selig announced his intention to leave in January 2015.

In the August vote to replace Selig, the 56-year-old Brosnan was one of three candidates but withdrew just before the start of balloting when it became apparent he likely had just one vote. Manfred was elected MLB's 10th commissioner over Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and will take over from Selig on Jan. 25.

With Brosnan's departure, Manfred is expected to give expanded roles to Bob Bowman, the president of MLB Advanced Media, and Tony Petitti, the president of the MLB Network.

"I want to thank commissioner Selig for his leadership and for giving me the opportunity to work in the business of baseball," Brosnan said in a statement released Wednesday. "I thank the owners of the major league clubs for their support and guidance during my tenure. And finally, I want to wish Rob Manfred the greatest success in his term as commissioner."

Brosnan captained Georgetown's baseball team, received a degree from the Fordham University School of Law and worked at the law firm Kelley Drye & Warren. He was hired by MLB as vice president of international business affairs in 1991, became chief operating officer of Major League Baseball International in 1994 and senior vice president of domestic and international properties in 1998. He has been EVP for business since 2000 and was a key figure in the negotiations of MLB's national broadcasting contracts.

"His efforts benefited many facets of our game and contributed to the prosperous state of the national pastime today," Selig said in a statement.


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