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20 Reasons Rob Manfred Must Be Ousted As MLB Commissioner

Darren - June 18, 2020
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20 Reasons Rob Manfred Must Be Ousted As MLB Commissioner

Darren - June 18, 2020

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7. Health Waiver

Manfred is also willing to put MLB players’ lives at risk. This isn’t an exaggeration because MLB is so unwilling to spend money that it wants players to assume the risk of essentially playing without proper testing. Contrast that to the bubble system the NFL plans to use.

Mike Trout
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Instead, MLB will choose not to test players regularly and proposes that players sign a health waiver to defer blame if they get sick. Remember, many coaches fall into the at-risk bracket, not to mention family members. So as well as taking away their money, he wants them to risk their health. For this and many other reasons, Manfred has to go.

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6. Public Outcry

Manfred has had to endure significant public outcry. First of all, the way he handled the Astros sign-stealing scandal caused a lot of unrest. The public isn’t interested in TV deals or how much money the owners are making. In short, they just want to see a good, honest baseball game.

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Meanwhile, he has messed with the fans’ feelings by supporting the owners in their attempt to vilify players. At the end of the day, it’s not the owners’ shirt that fans buy. Nobody wants to be John Henry when they’re a child, they want to be Mike Trout. It’s long past time for Manfred to realize that.

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5. Clear Alternative

The problem for Manfred is that there is a visible alternative to him. It’s not his fault that he has the charisma of a wet towel, but it’s not exactly useful in a time of crisis. Having somebody in charge with a bit of conviction and energy can make a lot of difference, at least in terms of public perception.

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That’s where someone like Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall comes into the equation. It doesn’t have to be him, but somebody of his ilk would definitely be able to at least inject a bit of power into proceedings. MLB needs change before it’s too late.

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4. Vilifying Players

Are we heading towards another players’ strike? It seems so because Manfred is allowing the owners to set themselves up in opposition to their rosters. The cold war is already brewing with the outrage over player salaries during the current health crisis still bubbling.

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Furthermore, MLB has failed to help promote its players effectively. According to the New York Times, less than 45 percent of Americans know who Mike Trout is. In contrast, 95% know LeBron James and 89% are aware of Tom Brady. In sum, it’s all about the owners and the money.

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3. Too Weak

Why did the owners reelect Manfred? The short answer is because he’s about as spineless as a jellyfish. They know they can get him to do whatever they want. As you can see, owners are setting themselves up in opposition to the players, so this does not bode well for the sport.

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Furthermore, they actively damage the office of the commissioner by setting them up to fail. MLB owners don’t want somebody with half of the energy of Adam Silver coming in and ruining their money-making schemes. In short, they want to maximize profits, which is why he’s in the hot seat until 2024.

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2. Embarrassing

We talked earlier about his ‘piece of metal’ in reference to the Commissioner’s Trophy. You would let him off if it wasn’t for the fact that you can’t trust a word that comes out of his mouth. One of the best recent examples was when he said the following.

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Manfred said: “The owners are 100% committed to getting baseball back on the field. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that I’m 100% certain that’s gonna happen.” It’s so transparent what they’re trying to do in reducing the number of games it’s shameless. But how can you say two different things at once?

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1. Worse to Come

The problem is that Manfred is just so out of his depth that you have to wonder what is next. Before, not many people knew about him because he was quietly helping to run MLB into the ground. But now his ineptitude is visible for everybody to see. It’s a case of one scandal too many.

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And even if he gets past the salary dispute and the league restarts on time, the next question his what will he do next? Nobody except the owners wants him there because he has the charisma and substance of a baked potato. Where will MLB be in another five years? You could certainly argue it would be much better off without him.

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