Rob Manfred … sick of hearing that name, right? Sick of hearing endless criticism of the guy. Sick of seeing him anywhere. Because he really is that bad of an MLB commissioner. And Los Angeles Dodgers fans know perhaps better than any other base.
This is the same commissioner that called the World Series trophy a hunk of metal in an effort to invalidate Dodgers players’ rage about the 2017 season, in which they were screwed out of a championship because of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
Oh yeah, about that, too! Manfred decided to investigate the Astros, make it a public revelation … but punish ZERO of the players involved. He also let the Astros keep their championship (OK, fine). The result? The Astros hardly suffered, having reached the World Series in 2021 and coming within a game of the Fall Classic the season prior.
Now, after locking out the players the first second he had the opportunity to do so (in addition to largely negotiating in bad faith), he had a big smile on his face on Tuesday right before he announced the first two series of the 2021 MLB season would be canceled because the owners and players couldn’t agree on a new CBA.
Dodgers fans have a reason to hate Rob Manfred even more.
Yes, no better time to smile than after pulling a near all-nigher to try and get the season started on time, only to botch the proceedings the very next day, which resulted in this moment where Manfred had to face the media and deliver the bad news.
This truly might be the worst commissioner in baseball history, and it’s not particularly close. Every other commissioner has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. What do you think Manfred’s chances are after his awful tenure, which began back in 2014? How has it even been this long? Where has the time gone? Manfred continues to suck it away and waste all of our time.
Does it ever end with this guy? From trying to fundamentally change the game to “attract more fans” with various rule changes and baseball experiments to disingenuously claiming that owning an MLB team is riskier/delivers worse returns than the stock market to slashing 42 minor league teams to save the billionaires even more money, this has to be the most disingenuous sports commissioner in modern history.
He had another good lie on Tuesday, too.
Manfred and the owners have been using the media as a mouthpiece to misguide the fans, too, in case you spent any time following Bob Nightengale on Monday night. He’s doing all he can in an attempt to pin these stalled/failed negotiations on the players when in reality it’s the owners who aren’t moving an inch in these talks.
It might be all smiles now, Rob, but history won’t be viewing you kindly, because the present already doesn’t.