Holy headache, Batman! Major League Baseball’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, has dealt with this Houston Astros cheating scandal almost as poorly as you could’ve.
Manfred has been the commissioner of baseball since 2014, and his handling of the Astros has been the cherry on top of how bad he has been as the MLB’s headman. Just think, the reason why baseball is in the news right now revolves more so around Manfred’s ineptitude rather than Houston winning a championship on the back of some trash cans and cameras.
Manfred has never been particularly strong as commissioner, but his recent ESPN interview with Karl Ravech has put him under the microscope more so than it seems he has ever been. Players – like Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and Angels outfielder Mike Trout- have come after their league’s commissioner for defending the punishment he handed down to Houston.
Turner, a member of the Dodgers team that lost the World Series to Houston in 2017, said to reporters Monday that he didn’t, “. . .know if the commissioner has ever won anything in his life. Maybe he hasn’t. But the reason every [player is] in this room, the reason every guy is working out all offseason, and showing up to camp early and putting in all the time and effort is specifically for that trophy, which, by the way, is called the commissioner’s trophy.”
That comment comes in reference to Manfred calling the World Series trophy a, “piece of metal’ in his interview with Ravech. Even the aforementioned Trout chimed in by saying that he doesn’t, “. . .agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing.”
And like I said, Manfred defended his punishment of the Astros, but he also said he would “severely punish” pitchers who throw at Astro’s hitters. Maybe if he punished Houston’s players in the first place, pitchers wouldn’t feel the need to throw heaters at the ribs of Altuve, Bregman, Correa, and co.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred: I will severely discipline pitchers who intentionally throw at Astros hitters.
— Jay Jayson (@JayJayson111) February 16, 2020
To add on to the ridicule Manfred has received from his Astros punishment, his proposed postseason changes – which was definitely an attempt to take eyes of the Astros – got hammered online: specifically by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer.
“It’s frustrating, man.” @BauerOutage is going off on Rob Manfred 😱
— Momentum (@Watch_Momentum) February 11, 2020
It seems that everything Manfred done is with some level of criticism. That definitely comes with the job, but he has achieved almost nothing since taking over for Bud Selig. Manfred doesn’t know how to market baseball through social media, has angered players, and looks like a buffoon in general a majority of the time.
Manfred wanted to tell us the baseballs this season were not juiced intentionally, when they definitely were. How can you just “accidentally” change the “pill” of the baseball. He also said that a pitch clock was coming to the majors soon, yet that never came to fruition.
The only real positive thing to have come from Manfred’s tenure is the change in Home Run Derby rules, but at the end of the day what does that do? It doesn’t really grow the game because, if you didn’t already know, whoever hits the most home runs in five minutes isn’t how baseball is played.
I usually don’t want to call for another person’s job considering I am not in their shoes, but Manfred needs to go. He is ruining baseball, and even if he isn’t, he has failed to improve the MLB while both the NBA and NFL continue to march on forward: it is time for him to go.
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