The Rundown: Rob Manfred Bad for Baseball, Báez Extension Talks Progressing, Mills Impressive, Sunday Baseball Notes


I’m starting to doubt if baseball and Rob Manfred can continue to coexist. Baseball is just not fun anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I am not giving up on the sport I love. It’s just that I’m starting to feel like my relationship with the game has become a little forced at times, and I’m sure other fans may feel the same way. Maybe it’s time for us to revolt.

“A rising tide lifts all the boats.” – John F. Kennedy

Yes, baseball still has its shining moments — just look at any jaw-dropping highlight reel of Javier Báez or Mike Trout. And as much as I hated the hypocrisy of Bud Selig, baseball emerged from the biggest scandal under his watch with nearly two decades of arguably the most exciting times in its history.

But Manfred has sucked the fun out of the game, and, as much as the owners seem to love him, they have to be tiring of the PR hits the game has taken since he replaced Selig. The integrity of baseball, once its foundation, is now a daily source of debate.  Protecting that integrity is the very reason baseball created the position of commissioner in 1920.

Chris Cwik of Yahoo Sports recently conducted an informal poll on what fans dislike…

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