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An Open Letter to the "Commissioner" of Baseball

From the desk of Ashleigh Gantert:

Rob Manfred, you are a dense, selfish, moronic, pathetic excuse for a human. I honestly never thought I would see the day where I hated someone more than Roger Goodell, but here we are. Baseball as a whole is rapidly losing popularity (that’s a blog for a different day) and when presented with the opportunity to be the first sport to return and even possibly gain new fans during a time when those who never watch would tune in, you threw it away.

Right now, you have fans who are begging to watch baseball, players who want to get back on the field and owners who want to keep money in their pockets. Instead of siding with the players who make up the league that YOU represent - the players who are the reason you're able to do what you do - you side with the owners, like a spineless coward. You have spent weeks trying to vilify the MLB players, all because they want to be paid for the 2020 season; even after they agreed to a pay cut to play a shortened season, you're still sitting there as a voice for the owners, who want to play fewer games and take away even more players' pay.

The old men who own these teams and have more money than they know what to do with need to understand that they own a baseball team, not a damn hedge fund. As such, they can't just pull their money out and run and hide when something doesn't go exactly according to plan. This is a clear cut example of what happens when you put idiots who have no interest in (or passion for) the sport in a position of power. There is a whole generation of kids who aren't being brought up to watch baseball, instead opting for football, hockey or basketball; instead of actively working to fix that, you've chosen to say "because you won't bend to the will of the owners, I'm considering canceling the season."

The only thing you've accomplished successfully as Commish is alienating both the players who make up your sport and its fans. This man, and I use that term loosely, deserves to be fired for his mishandling of this debacle formerly known as the 2020 Major League Baseball season, along with many other faults over his tenure. To sum this up: no more Rob Manfred, the world has progressed past a need for Rob Manfred. Also...he’s ugly.

- Ashleigh


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