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Bob Nightengale discusses Bud Selig's replacement as MLB commissioner

Jul 22, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates owner Robert Nutting (left) and MLB commissioner Bud Selig (right) observe Pirates batting practice before the Pirates host the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park. Photo: Image by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Nightengale discusses Bud Selig's replacement as MLB commissioner

By Matt Trebby. CREATED Aug 7, 2014

Mark Attanasio was on a shortlist of possible replacements for Bud Selig, but will not be taking the position after not making the final cut to three.

USA Today reporter Bob Nightengale was on Sports Central on Thursday night, and discussed Attanasio and the position of MLB commissioner.

"He was in the running. He was probably top five or six finalists, then they widdled it down to three and he missed," Nightengale said. "It wouldn't surprise me at all to see him resurface next time for sure."

Rob Manfred is MLB's chief operating officer, and was assumed to be the clear choice to replace Selig. Nightengale said that's not guaranteed.

"Manfred is still the favorite, but he certainly isn't a foregone conclusion any longer," Nightengale said on Sports Central.

Nightengale admitted that Selig's reputation as a commissioner will be a positive one for his contributions to the game.

"Just the way everybody is making so much money now, I mean we all remember the unrest in teams. It used to be who's making money in baseball, who is it? Now at the trade deadline, no one's going to dump any contracts because everyone's making so much money now."