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Manfred concerned with team/media roles of Martinez, Mendoza

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The dual roles of former Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez and ex-Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza as team employees and broadcasters have drawn the concern of baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Martinez is a Red Sox special assistant and an analyst for TBS. Mendoza is a New York Mets baseball operations adviser and an ESPN broadcaster.

Both criticized pitcher Mike Fiers for revealing the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scam to The Athletic. Fiers, now with Oakland, sparked an investigation that led to the departures of 10% of the major league managers: Houston’s AJ Hinch, Boston’s Alex Cora and the Mets’ Carlos Beltrán.

“I’m a transparency guy,” Manfred said Thursday after an owners meeting. “That someone should be kind of singled out because they saw something that was wrong and decided to talk about it, I don’t agree with that.”

Which, knowing Manfred, means he’ll hem and haw about this for months and then ultimately do nothing.

 

QLE Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:18 AM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: broadcasters, jessica mendoza, manfred is thinking about it, pedro martinez

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   1. The Duke Posted: February 07, 2020 at 07:25 AM (#5922570)
It’s an obvious conflict of interest - that it still hasn’t been dealt with is amazing
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: February 07, 2020 at 10:03 AM (#5922598)
It seems that "transparency" issues are met by disclosing that the people have other jobs. I think that Manfred just disagrees with their opinions.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: February 07, 2020 at 10:14 AM (#5922599)
It’s an obvious conflict of interest - that it still hasn’t been dealt with is amazing
The networks are getting team employees who aren't really objective and can't reveal some of their knowledge. For the teams, I don't really see the problem.
   4. The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: February 07, 2020 at 12:28 PM (#5922648)
Mendoza quits the Mets, signs an extention with ESPN, will do solo analyst work on weeknight games on TV & Radio, leaves the SNB booth
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28653997/jessica-mendoza-signs-extension-espn-resigns-mets-adviser-role
   5. The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: February 07, 2020 at 12:29 PM (#5922654)
   6. PreservedFish Posted: February 07, 2020 at 12:46 PM (#5922669)
I think it would be a more significant conflict of interest if these people were either (a) real journalists or (b) real front office team members. They're not, they're (a) talking heads and (b) likely attend a mere handful of brainstorming sessions and conferences in a year.
   7. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:15 PM (#5922681)
Isn't Mendoza's job to determine the precise level of hitting that a player needs to reach to avoid being laughed at?
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:20 PM (#5922683)
I think it would be a more significant conflict of interest if these people were either (a) real journalists or (b) real front office team members. They're not, they're (a) talking heads and (b) likely attend a mere handful of brainstorming sessions and conferences in a year.
Agreed, who cares if Mendoza or whoever isn't being 100% objective when spouting banal cliches on Sunday Night Baseball? But isn't the issue more of the access that she could demand as a member of the media to teams' clubhouses, etc.? Not sure if there's an actual problem there, either, but it's something to consider.
   9. PreservedFish Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:24 PM (#5922686)
But isn't the issue more of the access that she could demand as a member of the media to teams' clubhouses, etc.?


Yes, that's an obvious conflict. She shouldn't be entitled to the same level of access that a real journalist is. And everyone should be cool with that.
   10. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:38 PM (#5922691)
Agreed, who cares if Mendoza or whoever isn't being 100% objective when spouting banal cliches on Sunday Night Baseball?

Yeah, it's probably not a major issue. But when there are hundreds of other candidates to spout banal cliches, why risk even the appearance of a conflict?
   11. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:52 PM (#5922694)
I think there's something to be said for issues like Fiers. You could point out that their tv gigs give them a position to bully a guy like Fiers they wouldn't have otherwise had. Besides, I'd be more concerned if I was one of the teams. I guarantee a non zero number of people assumed Mendoza was going after Fiers because the Mets were cheating.
   12. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:52 PM (#5922695)
As the article notes, one problem for the teams/MLB is sometimes they go off script, like Mendoza and Pedro both did with respect to Fiers and the Astros scandal. If they're just broadcasters it's not that big of a deal, but if they are ostensibly part of the front office it potentially creates a bigger issue.
   13. Captain Supporter Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:57 PM (#5922698)
Does anyone really think Mendoza was providing the Mets with any valuable advice not related to her job at ESPN? Or do you think the reason Brodie hired her was to help him make baseball decisions? To me, the most interesting question related to all of this was what the heck she was actually doing for the Mets.
   14. JJ1986 Posted: February 07, 2020 at 02:04 PM (#5922700)
Does anyone really think Mendoza was providing the Mets with any valuable advice not related to her job at ESPN? Or do you think the reason Brodie hired her was to help him make baseball decisions? To me, the most interesting question related to all of this was what the heck she was actually doing for the Mets.
I think it's more likely that she was helping the team than it is that Pedro or other former beloved players are. Players get titles just for the association; the Mets would have no reason to title and pay Mendoza if she wasn't giving them something.
   15. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: February 07, 2020 at 02:08 PM (#5922702)
Yes, that's an obvious conflict. She shouldn't be entitled to the same level of access that a real journalist is. And everyone should be cool with that.

Mendoza complained about the Dodgers restricting her access to their clubhouse so at least one person wasn't cool with that.
   16. PreservedFish Posted: February 07, 2020 at 02:28 PM (#5922705)
Does anyone really think Mendoza was providing the Mets with any valuable advice not related to her job at ESPN?


I can see the appeal of adding a voice to the room of someone that is both extremely familiar with baseball and also something of an outsider. I also think that Brodie liked the look of hiring a woman into the braintrust. Is Mendoza actually trusted with important responsibilities? I doubt it.
   17. Tin Angel Posted: February 07, 2020 at 02:40 PM (#5922706)
“I’m a transparency guy,” Manfred said Thursday after an owners meeting.


That is pretty hilarious. He either has a massive ego or is completely clueless. Or maybe both.
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 07, 2020 at 02:42 PM (#5922707)
He either has a massive ego or is completely clueless.

he'll consider which of those it is
   19. Captain Supporter Posted: February 07, 2020 at 03:05 PM (#5922717)
I also think that Brodie liked the look of hiring a woman into the braintrust.


I think that is the whole answer. Of course if he really wanted a woman who could provide substantive advice he could have reached out a a woman who was actually working for one of the teams who could potentially develop into a Kim Ng or Jean Afterman type. But Brodie seems to prefer glitz to substance.
   20. philphan Posted: February 07, 2020 at 03:32 PM (#5922722)
FYI, BVW and JM are both Stanford grads and were both outfielders with their respective teams. (She was six years behind him, I think.) So they probably have known each other for years, and he may have been interested in/comfortable with her baseball opinions. For all we know, when he was a player agent, they may have been talking baseball frequently.
   21. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 07, 2020 at 04:15 PM (#5922731)
I think it would be a more significant conflict of interest if these people were either (a) real journalists or (b) real front office team members. They're not, they're (a) talking heads and (b) likely attend a mere handful of brainstorming sessions and conferences in a year.


This. I don't know about Mendoza, but Pedro's job in Boston is obviously a sinecure. He gets to show up at spring training, maybe give a couple of tips on how to throw a curveball, and smile for the cameras.

EDIT: There is something to be said about having an abundance of caution about the appearance of conflict, but I think that standard probably mostly applies to people who have actual responsibility.
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 07, 2020 at 04:37 PM (#5922735)
It seems that "transparency" issues are met by disclosing that the people have other jobs. I think that Manfred just disagrees with their opinions.
When the opinions are attacks on the whistleblower for coming forward, it seems perfectly appropriate for Manfred to step in and say “No, I won’t tolerate that from any MLB employee. Zip it, or get out.” It’s regrettable that Manfred didn’t do that immediately.
   23. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 07, 2020 at 04:39 PM (#5922737)
He either has a massive ego or is completely clueless.
“Or”?
   24. The Duke Posted: February 07, 2020 at 09:12 PM (#5922811)
22. Exactly. The conflicts are many-fold. The dodgers example is a good one - who wants a “journalist” in their clubhouse who works for a competitor. What if she sees the trash can or tv screen? For the Mets, their manager was Carlos Beltran and she’s out trashing Fiers ? That’s bad for the Mets, bad for MLB.

   25. bobm Posted: February 08, 2020 at 12:27 PM (#5922869)
I don't know about Mendoza, but Pedro's job in Boston is obviously a sinecure. He gets to show up at spring training, maybe give a couple of tips on how to throw a curveball, and smile for the cameras.

Pedro is an inner circle Hall of Famer. Mendoza is ... not.
   26. bobm Posted: February 08, 2020 at 12:31 PM (#5922870)
Does anyone really think Mendoza was providing the Mets with any valuable advice not related to her job at ESPN? Or do you think the reason Brodie hired her was to help him make baseball decisions? To me, the most interesting question related to all of this was what the heck she was actually doing for the Mets.

FTFY
   27. Sunday silence Posted: February 09, 2020 at 01:33 AM (#5922942)
Is it fair to say "She crossed the Jessica Mendoza line?"
   28. DJS Thinks Apples and Oranges are Similar Posted: February 09, 2020 at 02:46 AM (#5922952)
I'm actually surprised ESPN allowed the issue to persist that long. They made sure that my conflicts-of-interest had bright lines I couldn't step over, both in my selling of data and Blizzard games coverage. And I'm way less in the public eye than Mendoza. In the case of Blizzard, ESPN didn't want to invest a ton of money in sending me to cover high profile events live but they also rightfully didn't want Blizzard to bring me along, either. Which would have been fun, of course (Bahamas, China).

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