Manfred Uses Political DoubleSpeak Rather Than Admit DH Faux Pas

Late last week, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made one of the biggest mistakes of his professional career and one of the most grievous errors during his still short tenure as Commish when he announced to the world in no uncertain terms that the National League could adopt that aberration of baseball purity, the designated hitter, by the season after next. Talking of the next negotiation of baseball’s Collective Bargaining


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Agreement, which expires after this coming season, he explained that any such change had to be part of the CBA and that it “could happen” as part of the upcoming negotiation.

Well, many in the industry of baseball, and especially National Leaguers, viewed his statement as referring to basically a done deal, and apparently the outrage was fast and furious, and emulating a true politician rather than a career bureaucrat, Manfred chose to employ the type of political double speak fitting a four-term
Senator caught with his hand in the till or with a hooker in his limo. No, Manfred did not admit that he spoke to soon, that he was wrong to say that a deal was even being discussed let alone that there was any measure of agreement, but he instead chose to say that he was misunderstood, that the nasty press read too much into his comments, that he said nothing really to indicate that the DH in the National League could ever happen, let alone as soon as the start of the 2017 season.

In an interview with ESPN.com today, Manfred stated that it was the status quo that would prevail, and that in fact, “…the vast majority of clubs in the National League want to stay where they are.” This runs absolutely counter to his statements of last week, again showing his politician side, letting his hard fought position change with the tides of


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criticism and bending with the demands of his overlords, the owners of NL franchises.

Last week he provided an analysis of the “modern” National League owner, as a member of “… a newer group. There's been turnover. And I think our owners in general have demonstrated a willingness to change the game in ways that we think would be good for the fans, always respecting the history and traditions of the sport." Today, however, he backed up so far he almost bumped into a General (Note the almost unintelligible political
double speak here):

“… I speculated about a change I wasn’t serious about,…

“… I went back and forth on the pros and cons of the DH issue rather than saying what I’ve said all along – that I think we’re status quo on the DH, because it is the single most important feature that defines the differences between the two leagues.”

Bud Selig he isn’t. He isn’t even Bowie Kuhn.

The unquestionably worst Commissioner in the history of MLB was Gen. William Eckert, about whom it was once said that “An empty car pulled up and the Commissioner of Baseball got out”. Well, Manfred has been at best a non-entity and at worst an unmitigated disaster since his appointment. Fortunately, with the likes of the sinister, truly evil, money-grubbing scum Roger Goodell in the Commish biz, Manfred has far yet to travel to be even considered the worse holder of a major sport’s commissioner’s seat.

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