By Annie Hollenbeck
Originally published on Advocate.com August 15 2014 1:29 PM ET
Previously considered to be the front-runner to replace longtime Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, the organization's chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, was officially elected as the new commish Thursday.
Manfred worked to help improve relations with LGBT players and fans earlier this summer, when he spoke at the All-Star Game about Major League Baseball’s recent partnership with Athlete Ally. The collaboration is an important one for LBGT awareness in athletics, as Athlete Ally works not only to foster inclusion but also to create ambassadors on all levels.
In addition to announcing this partnership and the naming of Billy Bean as the MLB’s first ambassador for inclusion, Manfred spoke about a new internship program within the sport. “We have been working with various groups involved in the LGBT community to develop an internship program,” he explained. “We'll have an intern at 245 Park in the commissioner's office as well as at MLB.com.”
Manfred will take office in January, when Selig officially concludes his 22-year tenure.