Anonymous asked in SportsBaseball · 2 months ago

Rob Manfred: Is He Really The Man?

In a misguided effort to get a season in this year Manfred' minions scheduled teams to play 60 games in, roughly, 9 weeks. That worked out to more than 6.5 games a week and left little to no wiggle room if (when) games had to be postponed.

We're now 2 weeks into the season and while most teams have played 12 to 14 games St. Louis has played just 5, Miami and Philly have played just 7, and the defending World Champions have played just 9.

That means those clubs will have to play some of the BS doubleheaders that Manfred and his toadies have come up with. It also means that they could have an unfair advantage or be placed at a disadvantage since doubleheaders will consist of 2 7-inning games.

Why was Manfred given the commissioner's job and, more importantly, how does he keep it? 

He seems like a feckless idiot.

2 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    He's not the sharpest knife in the drawer that's for sure.  but he can't wear all the blame here.  the players association cost them 4 to 6 weeks of playing time with their incessant quibbling over every little item.  every day passing with no agreement took away another day of scheduling wiggle room.  plenty of blame here.

  • 2 months ago

    Do you recall Manfred's role before he was Commissioner?

    He was Selig's top "consigliere" on labor issues...with a knack for making them "go away."  He was the one credited with getting the Players Union to accept the harsh (compared to other sports) MLB drug policies in the early 2000s. 

    Do you also remember who the other top candidates for the job?  Joe Torre was one named mentioned, but he backed out quickly.  Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner was another finalist, but the owners voted for Manfred.

    All that tells me that MLB owners foresee major labor issues ahead, as did Torre who didn't want his golden image tarnished by having to represent ownership in a long and acrimonious labor dispute.  If they thought all was peachy and ready to expand into new markets, one would think a guy with a business and media background like Werner was a far better fit.

    As you can see by his actions, Manfred is not a "baseball guy."  He is all about using his law school training to hammer out compromises (often where all parties lose) and ram square pegs into round holes until they stick.

    That is what the owners wanted....a "fixer," a guy who makes problems go away today so that everyone involved can make a few billion until the next set of band-aid patches spring leaks...

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