MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has not been a popular man since he took the job in 2015. The criticism has reached a whole new level this offseason with the way he has handled those associated with the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
The players involved have gotten off with minimal punishment and other players around the league are left wondering why that's the case. Then, there was the news of just how sophisticated the operation was and how it started in the front office.
People want accountability from those involved. Manfred seemed to think that banning AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow for one year would solve the problem. This all comes in the midst of the commissioner being ripped for proposed rule changes.
Fans and players alike are still up in arms over the scandal, and more and more players have begun to voice their frustration. Issuing a pair of year-long bans has not sufficed in the eyes of the public, and Manfred has a long way to go until the damages of the scandal are even partially repaired.
This scandal is one of the worst in MLB history and Manfred dropped the ball by not punishing those actually involved. Doing that would help repair his own image in all of this, though it appears his investigation is over.