During a tumultuous 2020, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has struggled to articulate his perspectives in a way that doesn’t make players and fans offensive.
His most notable flub came when he called the World Series trophy “a piece of metal” as part of his statement for not stripping the Astros from the 2017 title, and it has generally been a tough year for his reputation.
Manfred’s last comment about whether MLB would suspend his season due to COVID-19 cases at the clubhouse did not suit him. He seemed to blame the players and indicated that his decision would be partly due to his own hardness, which is of course not on the same level as the players exposed to the corona virus.
Commissioner Rob Manfred tells me, “We are playing. The players should be better, but I’m generally not a quitter and there’s no reason to quit now. We had to be fluent, but it’s manageable. ‘
– Karl Ravech (@karlravechespn) August 1, 2020
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MLB on Friday attempted to blame the Marlins for an increase in positive COVID-19 test results, which revealed that an outbreak within the club was the result of irresponsible behavior, including going out in Atlanta.
However, Miami is not the only team dealing with cases of coronavirus. The Cardinals, who did not play against the Marlins or who played the Marlins, found out on Saturday that a player and three staffers had tested positive.
Reds right-handed Trevor Bauer, who also hit MLB to handle procrastination, rebelled against Manfred’s statement.
1) do not take any risks yourself
2) Blame the players
3) Protect TV revenue at all costs
If someone thought the season would be canceled when MLB has their dream scenario (games👇🏻, player costs👇🏻, post-season games👆🏻, TV earnings👆🏻), you’re crazy. https://t.co/pJfexp9KQI
– Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) August 1, 2020
MLB is reportedly at risk of canceling its season soon if the outlook for the COVID-19 case doesn’t improve, but Manfred seems (at least for the time being) planning to continue playing.
There has been at least one coronavirus-related delay every day since Monday.