Throughout a tumultuous 2020, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has struggled to word his perspectives in a manner that doesn’t incense players and fans.
His most notable flub came when he called the World Series trophy “a piece of metal” as part of his explanation for not stripping the Astros of the 2017 title, and it’s generally been a rough year for his reputation.
Manfred’s latest comment on whether MLB would suspend its season because of clubhouse COVID-19 cases did him no favors. He seemed to put full blame on players and indicated his decision would in part come from his own toughness, which of course is not being strained on nearly the same level as the players who are being exposed to the coronavirus.
Comissioner Rob Manfred tells me “We are playing. The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable.”
— Karl Ravech (@karlravechespn) August 1, 2020
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MLB on Friday sought to place blame on the Marlins for a rise in positive COVID-19 test results, revealing an outbreak within the club stemmed from irresponsible behavior that included going out in Atlanta.
Miami, though, is not the only team dealing with coronavirus cases. The Cardinals, who haven’t played against the Marlins or faced anyone the Marlins have played, found out Saturday that a player and three staffers had tested positive.
Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer, who also bashed MLB for its handling of postponements, took issue with Manfred’s statement.
1) take no risk yourself
2) blame everything on the players
3) protect tv revenue at all costs
If anyone thought the season would be cancelled when MLB has their dream scenario in place (games👇🏻, player cost👇🏻, post season games👆🏻, tv revenue👆🏻), you crazy. https://t.co/pJfexp9KQI
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) August 1, 2020
MLB is reportedly at risk of canceling its season soon if its COVID-19 case outlook doesn’t improve, but Manfred seems intent (at least for now) on pushing through with games.
There has been at least one coronavirus-related postponement every day since Monday.
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