Major League Baseball has a problem with accountability.
Maybe this is a societal problem, but for today we will focus on Major League Baseball and the inability of the people within, and in association with, the game to take ownership of their actions.
Earlier this month the Houston Astros were awarded one of the most significant sanctions in baseball history. As I discussed in a previous article, MLB decided to make the managers and General Managers associated these scandals, the “fall guys.” AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran, have been (and will continue to be) the three on field characters most impacted by the commissioners report. There were no current players mentioned and, not so ironically, each of the aforementioned individuals were prepared to serve as a manager heading into the 2020 season.
The managers are recognizable figures, but the league doesn’t depend on them in the way that they depend on their superstars and owners.
Since then, Astros owner Jim Crane has pleaded ignorance and fired his Manager and GM. But the reality is Crane has known about the sign stealing for weeks. Instead of holding his manager and GM accountable, he waited until MLB…