With no end in sight to the MLB lockout, the league his officially begun the process of cancelling games.
The first two series of the 2022 regular season have been taken off the schedule, ensuring that Major League Baseball will endure its second shortened season in the last three years.
On Twitter, Jeff Passan of ESPN shared a quote from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, where Manfred spoke to the media after Tuesday’s negotiating sessions and stated that the concerns of the fans were at the top of the league’s list.
“The concerns of our fans are at the very top of our consideration list.” — Rob Manfred, on the day MLB canceled regular-season games, during a league-initiated lockout
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 1, 2022
Manfred Is A Hypocrite
First of all, this is very hypocritical of Manfred.
He has basically alienated a good portion of MLB’s fanbase by imposing the lockout in the first place, yet now he is acting as if he has the fans’ best interests at heart.
Clearly, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Second, he’s saying this after the league chose to cancel regular season games.
Many fans bought tickets for those cancelled games and now, they obviously cannot attend them.
Fans paid good money to go see those games, and he also previously stated that losing games would be a “disastrous outcome.”
Dark Days For Baseball
It’s truly sad to see this come to fruition.
The game of baseball is in shambles, and it’s going to take a very long time to generate more interest in the sport after the end of the lockout.
Manfred has done more harm than good for the sport, and it’s quite ironic that he continues to claim that pleasing the fans is his top priority.
He has proven time and again that his main priority is staying in the good graces of the owners and helping them keep as much money in their pockets as possible.