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Rob Manfred, Tim Brosnan, and Tom Werner are the three finalists for MLB commissioner

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USA Today’s Bob Nightengale has the story ...

Major League Baseball has identified three finalists to replace Commissioner Bud Selig and will vote on the successor Aug. 14, a high-ranking MLB executive with direct knowledge of the hiring process told USA TODAY Sports.

The owners, according to the executive, will choose between Rob Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer; Tim Brosnan, MLB’s executive vice president of business; and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.

Approval to elect the new commissioner is required from 23 of the 30 owners in Major League Baseball. Many consider Manfred to be the heavy favorite, but White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Angels owner Arte Moreno have reportedly been lobbying behind against him behind the scenes. They want Werner.

Selig -- who has been on the job for 22 years -- will officially step down on January 24, 2015.

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