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Major League Baseball owners start 2-day meeting aiming to elect next commissioner

  • FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred talks to the media following baseball's general managers' meetings in Orlando, Fla. Baseball's 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's replacement. A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred talks to the media following baseball's general managers' meetings in Orlando, Fla. Baseball's 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's replacement. A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013, file photo, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner holds the World Series trophy on the court before an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks in Boston. Baseball's 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's replacement. A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, file)

    FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013, file photo, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner holds the World Series trophy on the court before an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks in Boston. Baseball's 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's replacement. A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 24, 2013, file photo, Major League Baseball Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan speaks during a news conference to outline the festivities for baseball's All-Star game in New York.  Baseball's 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's replacement. A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    FILE - In this April 24, 2013, file photo, Major League Baseball Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan speaks during a news conference to outline the festivities for baseball's All-Star game in New York. Baseball's 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's replacement. A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)  (The Associated Press)

Major League Baseball owners have begun two days of meetings that could lead to the election of Commissioner Bud Selig's successor.

MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan were picked by the seven-man succession committee as candidates and were slated to make presentations Wednesday to the delegations from the 30 teams.

Selig has ruled baseball since September 1992, first as chairman of baseball's executive council and since July 1998 as commissioner. He announced last fall that he plans to retire in January 2015.

Balloting is planned for Thursday and a three-quarters majority — 23 — is needed for election. Owners have estimated Manfred has the support of 20-21 teams headed into the meetings.