Yankees president Randy Levine ran his vindictive mouth and criticized the agent for Yankee relief pitcher Dellin Betances when the Yankees won the arbitration case against Betances. This implicitly was criticism of Dellin Betances. And why did Levine do it? What did it accomplish? The Yankees had been vindicated but that was not enough for the team president, nor apparently for managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, who has remained silent on Levine's remarks.
So where is Rob Manfred, the commissioner? The head of the players association Tony Clarke lamented what had happened to Betances. What would have happened to a high official in the NBA for conduct like that of Levine? In the NFL?
If even one of those leagues would impose sanctions, then the Major Baseball League should. Manfred the A-Rod Slayer is shirking his responsibility. Conduct that the commissioner deems detrimental to the good of the game has been sanctioned since the very first days of a baseball commissioner.
This commissioner should impose these sanctions:
- fine the Yankees $1 million
- fine Levine $100,000.
That will discourage such vindictive conduct, which is the primary purpose of the commissioner having plenipotentiary power in such matters.