Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred fell one vote shy on Thursday of becoming the next commissioner of baseball.

Manfred received 22 of 30 votes from owners, reported. With 23 necessary for election, that meant Red Sox part-owner Tom Werner received eight votes.

Owners took a break Thursday afternoon but resumed the process later in the day.

Earlier in the day, MLB vice president Tim Brosnan dropped out of the race to replace commissioner Bud Selig.

Brosnan has worked in the commissioner's office since 1991 and has been instrumental in every broadcast contract during the past 10 years.

Werner, 64, previously owned the San Diego Padres. Before then, he was the director of development for ABC. He is a member of the Television Hall of Fame.

Manfred has been Selig's deputy and his handpicked successor. He started in 1998 working full-time for MLB. Manfred has been instrumental in cleaning up the sport of performance enhancing drugs as well as labor negotiations.