One would hope that Manfred`s role in this episode was a wake-up call for fans who still saw the commissioner as an impartial, powerful character, attentive to the well-being of the game, which was no longer the case before Bud Selig climbed from his owner`s box at Milwaukee County Stadium. Although calls to “fire” Manfred have intensified in recent times, it would not be enviable to fire Manfred alone; Its mission is to serve and represent the owners, and its actions, as offensive as they are, come from them. Being the public face and scapegoat is part of what he is paid for, and any insult that targets him is an insult that has not been fired at the men – at least half of whom have inherited their teams or wealth – behind the curtain. After Monday`s call, Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was “not confident” there would be a 2020 season in an ESPN interview. It comes less than a week after he guaranteed there would be baseball this year. MLB also wants the MLBPA to waive the right to file a complaint before planning a season. The players were visibly disappointed by the League`s economic proposal presented on Tuesday. A better term might be offended depending on the reaction of some players. We can tell how the league reacts. There`s a good chance they won`t find a longer season too appealing, but the hope for baseball fans is that they stimulate more direct conversations than the back and forth we`ve seen in the media. Like most commissioners, Manfred won`t lose his job because fans despise him. (When Roger Goodell`s popularity was lowest, the owners gave him a raise.) The only thing that could cost him his position is the loss of confidence of his bosses, who we know he had recently. In November 2018, the owners unanimously approved a five-year extension for Manfred, which keeps him under contract until 2024.
Between this long-term contract, the increase in the sport`s revenue during his tenure, his history of being tough with the workforce, the upcoming CBA negotiations, and the singularity of the problems caused by COVID-19, Manfred likely has a long leash to last longer. But he doesn`t seem to possess Selig`s talent for private politics, and while he told the owners that the March deal wouldn`t require them to pay proportionately, some owners might be upset by the fiasco that followed. mlB Assistant Commissioner Dan Halem wrote to describe why the league rejected a proposal for an 114-game MLBPA season. On Friday, union negotiator Bruce Meyer responded by stating that MLB used “cynical tactics to remove American baseball games.” • Each team would play about 82 games against teams from its own division and opponents from the nearby Interleague. The additional cuts proposed by the league in an 82-game schedule would increase that amount by 33 percent. Players prefer a regular season in the 100-game field because they would make more money with extra games. “Players would not receive a pardon for the $170 million salary increase they received as part of the March deal and would not receive money from the mailing season,” the ESPN report said. . . .