A Chicago White Sox fan’s perspective of Rob Manfred

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BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 10: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the 2019 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings on December 10, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 10: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the 2019 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings on December 10, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox are a team that could negatively be impacted by some of the recent actions of MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred.

The Chicago White Sox could be negatively impacted by the actions of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. He has not been a very good commissioner of baseball during his tenure. However, the scandals and controversies that have come out over the past few weeks prove that he is simply unfit for the job and must resign.

First off, he allowed the Houston Astros and possibly the Boston Red Sox to become World Series champions despite cheating via high-technology sign stealing. Afterward, to get the “truth” from the players, he promised them immunity. They should never have been given that option in the first place. While I don’t think the World Series Trophy should be taken away because a lot of World Series titles have been tainted by steroids and gambling scandals, some of the players should have been suspended.

If players get suspended after they get caught doing steroids, why not suspend them for electronic sign-stealing, which most MLB players argue is worse. However, Manfred’s reasoning for not taking away the title was ridiculous, as he called the Commissioner’s Trophy “Just a piece of metal“. The World Series trophy is just a piece of metal? Does the commissioner even like baseball?

What needs to happen now is Rob Manfred stepping down and be replaced by a real Commissioner who will give Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman the suspensions they deserve. Both players are alleged to have worn buzzers during the 2019 playoffs. They don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt at all.

Manfred’s problems are more serious than just the Astros scandal. He recently came up with a ludicrous playoff structure that allowed seven teams to make the playoffs in each league and had the top teams picking their opponents. You shouldn’t get to “pick your opponents” in sports.

This idea could be especially bad for the White Sox. Just as the team is starting to get good and hopefully go on a dominant run, they could be stuck playing silly three-game wild card series’ that prevent them from winning a championship. Messing with the playoffs and possibly causing a strike before the White Sox get really good is exactly the kind of bad luck that they don’t need. The Sox have had enough bad luck in their history.

Manfred has also come up with the insanely bad three-batter minimum rule that will come into effect this year. If a guy comes in as a reliever and surrenders back-to-back homers, according to these new “baseball” rules he has to stay in the game and the manager can’t take him out. This process that is meant to “speed up the game” is only going to shave off at most a few minutes per game over the span of three hours, which is basically nothing.

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He needs to stop trying to change baseball for people that don’t like it. It’s never going to be as popular as football. For his dealing with the cheating and horrendous rule changes, Rob Manfred must resign as commissioner of baseball. He is bad for the game, and he must go.

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