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Major League Baseball exec Rob Manfred elected to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner

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Baltimore (AFP) – Major League Baseball will have a new boss from January after chief operating officer Rob Manfred was elected Thursday to succeed the long-serving Bud Selig as commissioner.

Manfred, who has served as a league executive since 1998, will become the 10th commissioner in Major League history, but his appointment didn’t come without opposition.

Manfred fell one vote shy of the required 23 — 75 percent of 30 club representatives — during Thursday’s initial balloting.

However, he was eventually elected unanimously in voting in which Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner was also a finalist.

The candidates spoke with owners on Wednesday, and met in sessions with groups of teams on Thursday.

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U.S. media reported that MLB executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan withdrew before the first ballot.

Selig had said when he signed a new contract in 2012 that 2014 would be his final season at the helm, and in January he will walk away after a reign of more than 20 years.

Selig, 80, was owner of the Milwaukee Brewers before he took over as the interim commissioner in 1992 after owners voted out Fay Vincent.

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He was named to the job on a permanent basis in 1998 and during his tenure Major League Baseball has grown into a $9 billion business.

However, the game has also been stained by doping scandals, and the league’s labor battles with players under Selig included the cancellation of the 1994 World Series as club owners took a hard line in a fight for profits they would eventually share.

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Earlier this month, a New York Times op-ed written by two political science professors, Ethan Porter of George Washington University and Joshua Kalla of Yale, discussed their troubling research findings: State legislators, the two claim, don't much care about the opinions of their constituents, even if they're given detailed data regarding their views.

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Black Georgia lawmaker accuses white man of demanding she ‘go back where she came from’ in supermarket diatribe

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On Friday evening, Erica Thomas, and African-American Democratic lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives, was shopping at a Publix supermarket in Mableton when a white customer came up to her and shouted at her, telling her to "go back where you came from" — words echoing President Donald Trump's recent racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color.

Thomas' crime? She had too many items for the express checkout line.

Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!

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US President Donald Trump offered Saturday to guarantee the bail of rapper ASAP Rocky, detained in Sweden on suspicion of assault following a street brawl.

Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who he said gave assurances that the singer would be treated fairly.

"Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative," Trump wrote.

There is no system of bail in Sweden.

Trump said he and Lofven had agreed to speak again over the next 48 hours.

Fans, fellow artists and US Congress members have campaigned for the 30-year-old artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, to be freed since his arrest on July 3 following the fight on June 30.

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