I’m tired of just TALKING about the cheating that has disgraced this sport in recent years. The ASSTROS are dirty cheaters, the Red Sox are dirty cheaters….and some heads have already rolled. It’s still not enough though. If baseball wants to REALLY make a change, it’s time to make a bolder statement.
“The genesis of the pact between the league and the MLBPA goes back to Sept. 15, 2017, when Manfred announced that he had fined the Boston Red Sox for transmitting signs from their replay review room to individuals in the dugout wearing smartwatches. That same day, Manfred issued a memo to all teams reiterating that using electronic equipment to steal signs was a violation of league rules and that future transgressions would be met with severe discipline. He specifically said that GMs and managers would be held accountable for the conduct of their charges. Another memo sent out in March 2018, attributed to chief baseball officer Joe Torre, expanded on the prohibition.”
So, there you have it. You transmit signs and cheat….the GM and managers will be held accountable. Great! A GM and two managers are now out of jobs and DISGRACED as they should be. But what about the players?! Why should they continue to disgrace the game that all fans pay A LOT of money towards and get away with no consequences? THEY SHOULDN’T….but they do.
“Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred repeatedly refers to the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme in 2017 and 2018 as ‘player-driven.’Yet Manfred also declared: ‘I will not assess discipline against individual Astros players.’
Will not….or can’t? Maybe both. Do I think Manfred is a strong leader for baseball? No. I’ve stated a few times now that I am not a big fan of the guy. But reality is….even if he wanted to discipline individual players he can’t! The players union holds a lot of power whether we like it or not. We were talking about this on twitter. I said that the players union is too strong, and I still believe that BUT there is one thing we may be forgetting as a reader pointed out:
That’s just my two cents. An angry two cents.
BYB Managing Editor
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