Rob Manfred has been one of Major League Baseball’s most controversial figures over the past several years.
Manfred became the commissioner of baseball in 2015 and has retained that post ever since.
Recently, Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported that Manfred was set to be re-elected as the league’s commissioner.
Manfred has drawn the ire of fans and players over the years thanks to the 2020 return to play negotiations and the 2021 lockout.
On the MLB podcast “Foul Territory,” Rosenthal discussed Manfred’s stance as commissioner and evaluated his performance in the role since taking over for Bud Selig eight years ago.
"He’s doing what he should be doing for the people who employ him – the owners."@Ken_Rosenthal weighs in on MLB commissioner Rob Manfred
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Rosenthal was asked about whether or not he thought Manfred was doing what he should be doing as the commissioner of baseball.
The esteemed writer and reporter weighed in on Manfred and said that he’s doing exactly what he should be doing for the people who employ him, those being the owners.
Rosenthal believes that the role of the commissioner has certainly shifted over the past few years, with the old school of thought being that the commissioner was somebody who acted only in the best interest of the game.
Rosenthal stated that things changed when Selig became commissioner, as he was once the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers.
That is when the owners essentially became the ones who called the shots.
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