Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has had a rough go of it lately.
First, it was that soft-ass punishment on the Houston Astros as the result of the cheating probe where they were caught red-handed. How do you punish a team who cheated its way to the 2017 World Series championship? Hand down one-year suspensions to manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, only for them to be fired by the Astros shortly thereafter, fine them $5 million (the largest allowed in the MLB Constitution) and take away multiple top draft picks — but not a damn thing to the players involved.
Manfred then had the gall to say the players involved would be punished “in a perfect world”. Fool, please. You’re the damn commissioner, you could do whatever the hell you want.
And now, he essentially demeaned the World Series trophy by calling it “a piece of junk”! He described the World Series trophy as “a piece of metal” during an on-camera interview with ESPN, a description that drew pointed criticism from Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester. All that while attempting to make “a rhetorical point” about the possibility of stripping the Astros of their 2017 championship.
Memo to Manfred: take a chill pill, regroup, and develop a bit of self-awareness moving forward. Until then, feel free to drink a nice, tall glass of “shut the fuck up”…