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  • Full listing of Major League Baseball commissioners since the creation of the Major League Baseball Commissioner position. If there is noteworthy information about the commissioner you would like to see added, please let us know.
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  • Wikipedia entry for Commissioner of Baseball.
  • # Commissioner In Office Born/Died Notes
    10 Rob Manfred Jan 2015 - N/A Rome,New York
  • Established committee to look at pace of game
  • 9 Bud Selig 1992-1998 (Acting)
    1998-2014
    July 30,1934 in Milwaukee,Wisconsin
  • 1994 Work Stoppage including cancelled World Series
  • Expansion. 2 more franchises in 1998 (ARI,TBA)
  • Realignment from 2 to 3 divisions per league.
  • Increase of playoff teams by league from 2 to 5 including 2 Wild Card teams
  • Interleague Play
  • Stricter drug testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)
  • Instant Replay
  • World Baseball Classic
  • Creation of Jackie Robinson day
  • All-star game determines World Series home field advantage
  • 8 Fay Vincent Sept 1989- Sept 1992 May 29,1938 in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1990 Lockout
  • Banning of George Steinbrenner
  • Permament suspension of Steve Howe
  • 1993 Expansion
  • 7 Bartlett Giamatti Sept 1988 - Sept 1989 (Died) April 4,1938 in Boston,Massachusetts
    Died: September 1,1989
  • Banishment of Pete Rose from baseball
  • 6 Peter Ueberroth Oct 1984 - Sept 1988 September 2,1937 in Evanston,Illinois
  • Collusion between owners
  • Suspensions for cocaine use
  • Salary publication
  • 5 Bowie Kuhn Feb 1969 - Sept 1984 October 28,1926 in Takoma Park,Maryland
    Died: March 15,2007
  • 1981 Player's Strike
  • Free Agency
  • War on drugs
  • World Series night games.
  • 4 William Eckert 1965-1968 January 20,1909 in Freeport,Illinois
    Died: April 16,1971
    3 Ford Frick Sept 1951 - Nov 1965 December 18,1894 in Wawaka,Indiana
    Died: April 8,1978
  • Expansion from 8 to 10 teams per league
  • Separation of Maris and Ruth home run records, later abolished.
  • 2 Happy Chandler Nov 1945 - July 1951 July 14,1898 in Corydon,Kentucky
    Died: June 15,1991
  • Breaking baseball color barrier.
  • 1 Kennesaw Mountain Landis Nov 1920 - Nov 1944 November 20,1866
    Died: November 25,1944
  • Black Sox scandal in 1918
  • Farm System development
  • Baseball during war-time
  • Color barrier
  • Creation of All-Star Game


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