1. Rob Manfred
Hey, uh, are we going to play a season in 2022? Because that would be a pretty interesting way to ruin a season.
MLB’s ownership made it clear this week that they’d be willing to sacrifice games in the name of charging to the finish line with something resembling their CBA proposal. Correct us if we’re wrong, but an entity that loved baseball would probably prefer to avoid that at all costs.
Rob Manfred does not love baseball very much. He’d love for it to be over quicker and to look better in nationally-televised showcases than it does on a sleepy August evening in Baltimore. He wants runners on second as soon as he can get them. He wants 14 teams in the playoffs, followed by a playoff selection show, followed by 16 teams in the playoffs the next year. He’s the one who’s clearly flirting with a neutral-site World Series, neutering the Yankees’ home field advantage once and for all. He’s the one messing with the baseballs while shrouded in secrecy, taking Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu out of their rhythms.
Oh, and wait! He’s the one who changed the Spider Tack rules mid-stream, flipped Gerrit Cole’s life around, and helped tear Tyler Glasnow’s UCL.
Also, not for nothing, but he really wants you to hear all about how his crown jewel David Ortiz’s positive steroid test might’ve been a little weird actually. But no one else’s.
But, perhaps most frustratingly of all, he’s the one with the master plan to kneecap MLB’s 2022 season before it ever begins, which would mark the third straight Yankees season following the Cole signing that’s been at least partially derailed by something completely beyond the team’s control.
Couldn’t have happened to a better Commish. We don’t deserve it, though.