Yes, MLB owners are the ones voting for the Commissioner, but perhaps it’s time that particular process changes.
The MLB Commissioner should be a person obsessed with improving and marketing the game: making sure it’s healthy and take it to places it has never been before.
That person should be a baseball ambassador and, most importantly, shouldn’t be influenced by any particular side in CBA negotiations.
The owners need to have a representative, yes, but does it have to be MLB’s Commissioner?
A New York paper, the Daily News, roasted Rob Manfred, the current Commissioner, for his role in keeping fans without baseball for God knows how long.
In their back page, the Daily News published the picture of Manfred practicing his golf swing in last week’s negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), titling it “Unhappy Gilmore”, as a reference to the movie.
“Smiling and giggling, Manfred insists he’s all broken up as he hopes for full MLB season die,” the paper wrote.
— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) March 2, 2022
In fact, that picture was taken hours before he announced that, as both negotiating parties failed to have a deal finalized by Tuesday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, he officially cancelled the first two series of the season for each team.
In that same press conference, he was seen smiling.
What could he possibly be smiling about?
The owners and Manfred himself have failed to negotiate in good faith and want people to think they are actually trying hard to make a deal happen.
Players know that’s not true, and fortunately, most fans do, too.
The next few days will be crucial, as they could bring us a finalized agreement or more cancelled games.