On September 28, 2013, Robert D. Manfred, Jr. was named chief operating officer of Major League Baseball. In that role, Mr. Manfred reports directly to the commissioner and overseas all of the traditional functions of the Commissioner’s Office, including labor relations, baseball operations, finance, administration, and club governance.
Prior to being named COO, Mr. Manfred served for 15 years as executive vice president of Labor Relations, leading the negotiations that lead to new collective bargaining agreements in 2002, 2006, and 2011. Those agreements helped realize Commissioner's Selig's vision of competitive balance and club financial stability through reforms such as increased revenue sharing, more aggressive payroll taxes, reform of the amateur talent acquisition process, and strict debt regulation.
Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Mr. Manfred was a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Section of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP resident in the Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Manfred earned a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1983, where he was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Manfred served as a clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro in the District of Massachusetts.