15. No Punishment
Bizarrely, Manfred chose not to punish any Astros players on an individual basis for their roles in their 2017 sign-stealing scandal. This makes no sense because there is nothing to put players from other teams off from doing the same thing. Serving up a few bans would also have damaged the Astros’ hopes of making the playoffs.
Instead, he gave them immunity in exchange for testimony. He left the door open for a copycat because he was afraid of the player’s union coming for his head. In sum, Manfred is a weak leader who was too afraid to make an example of those who did wrong.