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It’s time to remove MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred from office

After a contested election, commissioner Rob Manfred was given a five-year term starting Jan. 2015. That was extended for five more years through 2024 after the 2018 season. But MLB’s owners may want to rethink that vote.

The gains Manfred has made appear to be more than offset by continued attrition of attendance, unnecessary labor strife and now, the long-term reduction or even outright dissolution of the backbone of baseball in small towns and cities all around America that MLB won’t touch: the minor leagues.

Will the owners recognize the emperor has no clothes?

hysdavid Posted: December 29, 2019 at 09:13 AM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: minor leagues, rob manfred

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   1. Captain Supporter Posted: December 29, 2019 at 04:39 PM (#5911603)
This reads like a typical Facebook rank from a charter member of the outrage culture.
   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 29, 2019 at 05:40 PM (#5911605)
Is Manfred going to consider his own removal? Ichiro could be commissioner if he wanted to, as alas, Soriano is no longer available.

Hey, it's early here, that's the best I've got.....

   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 29, 2019 at 06:02 PM (#5911608)
Whitey Herzog would listen if they called
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: December 29, 2019 at 06:03 PM (#5911609)
well, that escalated quickly
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 29, 2019 at 07:02 PM (#5911617)
Manfred should be removed from office. And Mike Crudale, who is now in IT sales at Rubrik, Inc., presumably has an office there, from which he should also be removed.
   6. McCoy Posted: December 29, 2019 at 07:16 PM (#5911622)
It's as if the Unabomber decided not to care about America but instead cared about baseball.
   7. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: December 29, 2019 at 07:38 PM (#5911626)
There's no point, he'll just be acquitted in the Senate
   8. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: December 29, 2019 at 07:54 PM (#5911628)
I'm sick and tired of people like Rob Manfred and Chris Truby and Albert Belle needing to be removed from office.
   9. . Posted: December 29, 2019 at 07:58 PM (#5911629)
And Mike Crudale, who is now in IT sales at Rubrik, Inc.,


Those cubes aren't going to sell themselves.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: December 29, 2019 at 08:20 PM (#5911632)
And Mike Crudale, who is now in IT sales at Rubrik, Inc., presumably has an office there, from which he should also be removed.

I bet they hot desk. But he should probably have his home office removed.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 29, 2019 at 09:04 PM (#5911640)
Huh. I just learned that Mike Crudale is exactly one day older than I am. Not sure what to make of that.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: December 29, 2019 at 11:59 PM (#5911658)
That means we won't be celebrating your birthday. And Mike Crudale.
   13. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: December 30, 2019 at 12:06 PM (#5911732)
I don't think Rubrik has offices. Only cubicles.

In middle aged men sharing middle ages with middling middle reliever news, Aaron Heilman and I share a birthday.
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 30, 2019 at 12:09 PM (#5911734)
middle aged men
Gah. We're there now, aren't we? That's depressing as hell.
   15. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: December 30, 2019 at 12:35 PM (#5911741)
Maybe? I had to look it up on Wikipedia. The Census, OED, DSM-IV, and Webster's defines middle age as beginning at 45. Collins English Dictionary has it beginning at 40. I think we now know why no one ever starts a speech, "Collins English Dictionary defines..."

Even if we are middle aged, apparently it's not so bad. Wikipedia also says that middle age is "usually satisfying, tranquil."
   16. Itchy Row Posted: December 30, 2019 at 12:45 PM (#5911744)
By most of those definitions, I've been middle age for almost a week. On my birthday, my wife was making fun of how old I am and asked Alexa what happened on the day I was born. That's how I found out I'm exactly as old as Ryan Seacrest. I already knew I shared a birthday with Kevin Millwood, Jamey Wright, and Keith Luuloa.

   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 30, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5911748)
That's how I found out I'm exactly as old as Ryan Seacrest.
Thankfully, I assume you've done far less damage to our nation's intelligence during your time.
   18. puck Posted: December 30, 2019 at 12:57 PM (#5911750)
It's a baseball site. We're lucky if we're only middle-aged and not actually elderly or whatever they call what comes after middle-age.

I got a kick out of the Mike Myers skit, "middle aged man."
   19. Itchy Row Posted: December 30, 2019 at 01:00 PM (#5911752)
Middle-Aged Man's father and grandfather were Retired Man and Dead Man.

Quoting SNL sketches is my contribution to the damaging of our nation's intelligence.
   20. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 30, 2019 at 01:06 PM (#5911753)
Quoting SNL sketches
...is a very middle-aged man thing to do.
   21. mathesond Posted: December 30, 2019 at 04:34 PM (#5911797)
Kids In The Hall's "He's hip, he's cool, he's 45" has always gotten a guffaw or two out of me.
   22. ajnrules Posted: December 30, 2019 at 07:16 PM (#5911817)
I'm a so-called millennial. I'm also going to be 40 in a few more years, which would officially put me in the "middle-aged" demographic.

Man, that's scary.
   23. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: December 30, 2019 at 07:46 PM (#5911824)
Gah. We're there now, aren't we? That's depressing as hell.


Is it? Getting older has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I know more, have more experience, travel more, have more money, more freedom and independence than I ever did when I was younger. Being young mostly sucked.

Anyway, Muhammad supposedly once said that a man reached his mental and physical peak at 40.
   24. Srul Itza Posted: December 30, 2019 at 07:47 PM (#5911825)
middle aged men

Gah. We're there now, aren't we? That's depressing as hell.


Cry me a river.

In 3 weeks I turn 65.
   25. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 30, 2019 at 08:00 PM (#5911827)
Anyway, Muhammad supposedly once said that a man reached his mental and physical peak at 40.
Great. So I'm three years into the decline, and it's all downhill from here.
   26. puck Posted: December 30, 2019 at 08:59 PM (#5911834)
Middle-Aged Man's father and grandfather were Retired Man and Dead Man.

"What's the difference between you and Retired Man?" "I can program a VCR."
   27. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 30, 2019 at 10:21 PM (#5911854)
Retirement is a good deal. Properly done, every day is like Saturday, with less traffic.
   28. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: December 31, 2019 at 12:37 AM (#5911892)
Huh, I know a few folks who work in sales ops at Rubrik
   29. Lassus Posted: December 31, 2019 at 10:50 AM (#5911941)
Getting older has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I know more, have more experience, travel more, have more money, more freedom and independence than I ever did when I was younger. Being young mostly sucked.

I hear this a lot. I don't get it.

It's like the hypothetical of whether or not you would choose to live 2000 (500, 10,000, 300, whatever) years if you could. I find anyone who answers "no" to be a lunatic.
   30. Booey Posted: December 31, 2019 at 11:06 AM (#5911945)
#29 - Well, it depends. How old physically would I be stuck at if I could live to 2000? If I was eternally 25 - or even 40 - I'd say yes in a heartbeat. But if I kept aging until I hit 100 and then stayed as a centenarian for the next 1900 years, I'm pretty sure I'd pass.

Also, watching everyone you care about die over and over again (different groups of people, obviously) would suck.
   31. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: January 02, 2020 at 02:32 AM (#5912264)
Being young mostly sucked.
Most of my life up to this point has revolved around playing sports. I used to play rec league baseball/softball, and basketball three or four times a week. Having to slowly give that up to just a softball game a week has been a waking nightmare. I don't really have any other hobbies, and being forced to give up both my hobby and my self-identity is deeply distressing and depressing. Growing old is horrifying.
   32. frannyzoo Posted: January 02, 2020 at 02:55 AM (#5912266)
It took ramping up to a 170 mile week or so during Winter Break, but I was able, just barely, to ride 4,500 miles on the bicycle in 2019 at (checks watch) 58 going on more than 58. Looking over the decades, a combination of being athletically inept and rather introverted led to many, many unhappy times trying to fit in on various team sports. God, that sucked. I should have taken the hint when I eagerly took to playing singles tennis back in its 70s heyday, but it ended up taking a few athletically painful decades, and a few million spins, to figure out that without the bicycle I would have died, whether literally, metaphorically, or both, long ago.

In the context of this thread, I can honestly say I feel more youthful than ever. I'm thinking 5,000 miles in 2020. Because..why not?

   33. Adam Starblind Posted: January 02, 2020 at 08:35 AM (#5912276)
My shoulder makes a crunching sound.
   34. jmurph Posted: January 02, 2020 at 09:23 AM (#5912286)
Getting older has been the best thing that ever happened to me.

Given the alternative, I'm going to agree with this.
   35. Lassus Posted: January 02, 2020 at 11:05 AM (#5912310)
Growing old is horrifying.

My mom was a gym teacher and athlete. This has been her take.
   36. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 02, 2020 at 11:19 AM (#5912312)
Sure, Paul Kilgus would listen if the owners called.

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