Halem, Petitti promoted to MLB deputy commissioner

NEW YORK (AP) Dan Halem and Tony Petitti have been promoted to deputy commissioner by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Halem becomes deputy commissioner for baseball administration and remains chief legal officer, Manfred said Monday. He will oversee labor relations, investigations, baseball operations, human resources and diversity efforts. He joined MLB in 2007 as senior vice president and general counsel for labor, was promoted to executive vice president of labor relations in December 2013 and to chief legal officer in December 2014.

Petitti becomes deputy commissioner of business and media and is in charge of marketing, broadcasting and media rights, the MLB Network, digital content, youth programming and special events. Petitti was president of the MLB Network from its inception in 2008 until December 2014, when he became MLB’s chief operating officer.

The changes follow last month’s announcement that Bob Bowman, the president of business and media, is leaving the commissioner’s office.

Manfred elevated three people to executive vice president. Chris Marinak becomes EVP of strategy, technology and innovation; Chris Park becomes EVP of product and marketing; and Noah Garden EVP of commerce.

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