Yankees: Rob Manfred Needs to Be Fired After Latest Update on 2020 MLB Season

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (Photo b Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (Photo b Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has come out and said he’s “not confident” there will be a 2020 MLB season.

Fire the commissioner. There’s no other way to solve the issues surrounding the game of baseball. We’ve too often discovered that commissioners in each major sports league exist to pander to the billionaire owners’ desires, leaving the players to tirelessly fight for what they feel is reasonable, whether it be conditions,money, free speech, etc.

Now, the New York Yankees are in grave danger of losing an ENTIRE YEAR of their championship window because Rob Manfred cannot corral the owners together and move them toward a fair and resolute proposal. The owners have now FOUR TIMES offered the players the same amount of money spread across a different number of games.

The MLBPA and the fans are not stupid. Everybody knows the owners are looking to minimize losses at every turn despite possessing the capital to absorb them. They wanted a 48-game season because that was only option that would’ve allowed them to get their way without having to continuously attempt to hoodwink the players.

That’s led Manfred to come out and say this:

For this alone, he should be ousted. MLB fans have never wanted Bud Selig back until now. Manfred has the power to institute a 48-game season but now he’s now saying that’s not possible? Why? Well, it’s because now the players will (rightfully) file a grievance, take the owners to court, expose them, and publicize the truth.

Let’s even forget about this for a split second. Where else has Manfred dropped the ball? He called out the game’s best player, Mike Trout, for not marketing himself well enough. He’s done a terrible job in attempting to grow the sport’s fanbase despite that being one of his biggest initiatives since taking over for Selig. He failed to properly punish the Houston Astros despite their sign-stealing operation being the biggest scandal since the steroid era. We can think of more, but we’d rather publish this article faster.

Here’s all you need to know: it’s the commissioner’s job to ease the tensions between the owners and players, and to keep the owners in check from abusing their powers. He’s failed miserably during one of the most difficult times in modern American history.

There’s a global pandemic for the first time in a century. Racial tensions are continually rising and have arguably reached an all-time high (when you consider how progressive society should be at this point). The MLB is the only sports league that has yet to figure out a plan to return, and it took nearly 10 days to release a cookie-cutter statement in response to George Floyd’s death.

What more does Manfred have to prove to the fans? Nothing. The damage is irreparable. He’s allowed stagnant negotiations to persist for far too long, and now we’re here. He’s not holding the owners accountable and he’s letting them keep their books shut. Now, he’s doing all he can to prevent the players from filing a grievance in the event of a nuclear option 48-game season.

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And just to shoot down any rebuttals — is Manfred dealing with an unprecedented amount of stress and strain? Yes. But he’s failed in the past when the stakes weren’t this high, and someone making $11 million a year (and for all we know, it’s probably more than that), needs to be held accountable for errors of this magnitude.