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.
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.