Major League Baseball will have a new commissioner in five years.

Rob Manfred told reporters in Florida on Thursday that his term as commissioner will end when his contract expires in 2029.

“I’m 65 years old. I just started a five-year period. Do the math. That gives me 70 years. You can’t have so much fun in one lifetime.” Manfred said.

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Rob Manfred at press conference

Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. speaks to the media during the Cactus League Spring Training Media Day at the Arizona Biltmore on February 15, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. (Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The commissioner said he has been open with property owners, explaining that he is in the last nine years of his term.

Manfred replaced Bud Selig on January 25, 2015, after Selig had held the position since 1992.

Manfred’s tenure has been fragile, to say the least. He probably received the most backlash when he opted not to punish any members of the 2017 Houston Astros after their sign-stealing scandal. He did it to find out the truth about what happened.

But it is a move he has since regretted. He received further criticism when he said that he didn’t understand why people were so upset about “a piece of metal,” namely the World Series trophy.

Manfred also criticized players during the lockout from December 2021 to March 2022, and has also recently been in a war of words with Oakland officials on A’s‘ eventual move to Las Vegas.

However, his main goal when he took over was to accelerate the slow pace of the game, and with that mission he achieved a grand slam.

Rob Manfred in the Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 24, 2022, in Cooperstown, NY. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It took a while, largely due to reaction from baseball purists. But ahead of the 2023 season, Manfred installed measures to make games faster and generate more action, including a pitch timer, at-bat limitations and larger bases, to go along with earlier changes to mound visit limitations.

According to Baseball Reference, the average nine-inning game took two hours and 39 minutes to complete last season, more than 31 minutes faster than the record of 3:10 in 2021. It was the first time the average nine-inning game took less than three hours to complete since 2015, and the length of 2:39 was the lowest since 1985, when the average nine-inning contest took the same amount of time.

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Only 0.4% of games lasted more than 3½ hours, down from 18.7% in 2021. And 30.5% of games in 2023 lasted less than 2½ hours, down from 2.5% three years ago. years.

The rule changes also led to an increase in attendance despite cries from fans that the game was changing too much. MLB attracted 70.7 million fans to its stadiums in 2023, the most since 2017.

Rob Manfred speaks in February 2023

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at Grapefruit League Media Day in Dunedin, Florida, on February 16, 2023. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

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Reaction aside, the players adapted to the field clock. According to data MLB provided at the All-Star breakthe number of infractions per game up to that point dropped from 0.87 on opening day to 0.23 on the final day of the first half of the season.

There was a violation on just 0.14% of throws throughout the season. In March and April, there was a violation once every 417 pitches. In September and October they occurred once every 1,195 launches. There were also 4,374 stolen base attempts, the most since 2012.

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