Major League Baseball's newest commissioner is a native of Rome, New York.

Rob Manfred was elected the MLB's 10th commissioner Thursday, after a vote by all 30 team owners.

Manfred, who is a labor lawyer, has worked for Major League baseball since 1998.

ESPN.com is reporting that Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner in the first contested vote for a new commissioner in 46 years.

He spent the last 15 years as executive vice president of the MLB, and was the leader in three straight labor negotiations.

The 55 year old Manfred, who is a graduate of RFA and a member of the Rome Sports Hall of Fame will take over for current commissioner Bud Selig in January.