After CBA talks fell through and the MLB and MLBPA were unable to come to an agreement by 5 pm today, Commissioner Rob Manfred had a press conference to address the fans. He also posted this letter. Needless to say, he did not get many favorable reactions.
Asked a player for his reaction to Rob Manfred laughing after postponing the start of the regular season: “Are you talking about the guy who cut 42 minor-league teams and called the World Series trophy a hunk of metal?”— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) March 1, 2022
Rob Manfred once said it would be a "disastrous outcome" if the lockout resulted in missed games this season.— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) March 1, 2022
Here's a look at Manfred during the same presser where he officially canceled the beginning of the season: pic.twitter.com/wy6Tof2zq3
I’ve often criticized Manfred and his treatment of the sport pretty much since I started with Couch Guy Sports. And it’s not without reason. But, ultimately, the labor negotiations aren’t just on him. He’s just a public face.
Manfred is the Owners’ Puppet
As commissioner of the MLB, Rob Manfred is on the side of the owners. It was the owners who elected him in the first place, and so he’ll always go to bat for them. You don’t see any of the MLB owners addressing their fans or providing press conferences, but instead it’s Manfred.
This isn’t to say Manfred doesn’t have a role here. He is part of the team bargaining for the owners. But what I do mean is that he receives the brunt of the criticism that should be shared among everyone on the MLB’s side of the table. They have consistently refused to meet the players in the middle, then blamed them for not getting a deal done. That’s some shady behavior.
Ease Up on Manfred (Just a Little)
In this specific situation, we don’t have to place all the blame solely on Manfred. He’s just doing what he’s been chosen to do. That doesn’t make him completely innocent, but he’s not the only one culpable either. He lies a little more in the middle. But all that said, please keep clowning him for smiling in the presser where he announces games will be cancelled. That’s all on him.
MLB owners chose a lockout— Michael Mayer (@mikemayer22) March 1, 2022
MLB owners chose not to negotiate for 42 days
MLB owners chose to cancel spring games
MLB owners chose to cancel regular season games.
And that’s all apparently funny to Rob Manfred. pic.twitter.com/9IjdLX8jJH
Image Source: @lucariomain05 on Twitter
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