In an interview with ESPN on Sunday, Rob Manfred was asked about his feelings on the backlash to the punishments given to the Houston Astros for cheating, or lack thereof.
In response, Manfred said, "The idea of an asterisk or asking for a piece of metal back seems like a futile act." That didn't sit well with baseball fans and players and now he is retracting that statement.
The fact that Manfred even has to apologize for doing something like this is an absolute embarrassment to the game of baseball. It truly shows how out of touch the commissioner is with the desires of not only the fans, but the players as well.
Baseball revolves around this so-called "piece of metal" and it is every baseball player's lifelong dream to eventually hoist it in front of millions of people.
The worst part about it, though, is that the award is called the Commissioner's Trophy. It's named for Manfred's position! How can one be so blind as to disparage the trophy that not only represents their sport, but their position of power? Fans and players are understandably infuriated with these blind and foolish comments Manfred made.
Manfred is singlehandedly disgracing the game of baseball with his words and actions in the past month.