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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ron Manfred and Bud Selig suck the same way.

New commissioner Rob Manfred shares qualities with his predecessor and mentor Allan Huber "Bud" Selig: take a long time to do too little too late.  They both have an old fart mentality and therefor they both suck.

Please note that The Times writer quoted below is an obvious Selig sycophant.

M.L.B. Defends Fred Wilpon and His Financial Role
By TYLER KEPNER JAN. 25, 2015 The New York Times

It sounds like a punch line:Fred Wilpon, the majority owner of the Mets, is the new chairman of Major League Baseball’s finance committee...


Wilpon was a victim of Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme...in 2010, the Mets borrowed $25 million from Major League Baseball.

Commissioner Rob Manfred — whose predecessor, Bud Selig, was a strong Wilpon ally — defended Wilpon

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Selig treated the financial difficulties of the Mets and Dodgers (when the Dodgers were owned by Frank McCourt) very differently.  Selig liked Wilpon but disliked McCourt, perhaps because of McCourt's public battle with his wife for control of the team.

New Commissioner With a Long-Term MissionRobert Manfred Is Determined to Steer Young People Toward Baseball
By TYLER KEPNER JAN. 25, 2015

Manfred ... saw his first game at Yankee Stadium, and Mickey Mantle hit two home runs...

Manfred, 56, has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, most recently as the chief operating officer who negotiated three collective bargaining agreements with the union. He led the Biogenesis investigation and was Selig’s top lieutenant on almost everything...

Selig was willing to wait for most changes, and by the end, he had a long list of accomplishments. Manfred said he would lean on Selig, now the commissioner emeritus, for guidance.
But Selig was also famous for not owning a desktop computer. He still presided over the development of baseball’s thriving advanced media company, but it is no secret that Manfred is better suited for an age that demands a more streamlined approach. 

Manfred .... offered opinions on other topics.

THE DESIGNATED HITTER “I have never experienced one moment of mental dissonance ... I think we’re staying where we are.

DAY GAMES IN THE WORLD SERIES ... “I don’t rule that out"

ADVERTISEMENTS ON UNIFORMS ... not a hot issue ... I don’t foresee that one


EXPANSION “I don’t see it in the immediate future...

THE ALL-STAR GAME RESULT DETERMINING HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE FOR THE WORLD SERIES “I’m in favor of it staying... Why you’d want to go backwards on that issue is something that really escapes me.

INTERNATIONAL DRAFT “Inevitable.... a product of negotiation with the players

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Manfred should be embarrassed by:
- different rule in the two conferences: designated hitter (DH)
- All Star game determining home field determining home field AND home rule (DH) advantage in a possible game seven of the tournament finals.

Unfortunately, Manfred is not embarrassed.  It's doubtful that Manfred will stray from Selig policy while the old man is hovering around for an indeterminate time.

On the possibility of an International Draft the players with whom the league would negotiate are those already affiliated with the league, not the prospective players.  How is that fair?

Sitting Bull 1885 by David F. Barry via Wikimedia Commons
Great White Father Thursday, August 23, 2012

The MBL treats the Dominican Republic like a colony.  Why isn't there more concern about this arrangement, which culminates with Dominican players being discarded disproportionately?  Star players, especially those born in the USA, are pretty much immune from detection (for PED) and even more so from punishment...

There's plenty of hypocrisy to go around but let's start with MBL commissioner Bud Selig, the Great White Father in this scenario.  Allan Huber Selig was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, not in Altamira, Puerto Plata like Bartolo Colon.  Colon and Cabrera wandered off the reservation and Selig's organization punished them according to the peace treaty.

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See a subsequent post on Manfred's ridiculous suggestion that consideration be given to eliminating the fielding shift, i.e., one of the few innovations in recent centuries.

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