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Rob Manfred, MLB showing how little they care about fans


Give credit to Rob Manfred. Few people in his position would admit they have no idea what they’re doing.

However, that doesn’t diminish the reality that he has no idea what he’s doing.

Late last week, in his state of the mess address, Manfred said he sympathizes with fans who can’t find or don’t have access to MLB’s sudden exclusive deals with partners from paid and soon to be paid streaming.

These deals, mostly on Friday nights and late Sunday mornings, have left fans, often by design, in the nation’s biggest TV markets unable to watch their local baseball teams without jumping through digital hoops. Obviously, money superseded all other considerations, including The Game’s best interests.

Last week, as if he were the last to know, Manfred acknowledged that there are fans “who don’t have ample opportunity to do so” – i.e. watch the games sold exclusively via streaming.

He didn’t know this was happening?! How come so many people made it in March except for the man at the top?

Manfred added that MLB intends “to enter the digital (streaming) space specifically to provide fans with more and more flexible opportunities to watch games.”

Do us no more service!

Rob Manfred, MLB showing how little they care about fans
Rob Manfred will maintain — and even increase — MLB’s exclusive streaming offerings.
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In other words, MLB, with no idea what it was doing when it started, plans to continue doing it, but even more so. “Opportunities to watch games”, never an issue, will cost fans more money provided MLB continues to receive its cut to make them disappear or cost more money to watch.

So Manfred, in no reasonable position to further erode MLB’s fan base, will maintain this corrosive course.

And so, as if by some paranormal episode you remain a baseball fan, you will do so despite the resistance of the baseball commissioner.

But these are days that seem to abound with precisely the commissioners their sports don’t need, and fans and customers don’t want. It may be the sotto voce terms of their engagement.

Consider that flattering PSL hustler Roger Goodell, on ESPN’s Manning Brothers TV show, refused to talk about Snoop Dogg’s rap song titles because they might be too vulgar. Yet he had already chosen her to perform his XXX act in front of an estimated 208 million Americans, who Goodell says are apparently below his standards of civility.

And while the NBA is in immediate need of social cleansing — top to bottom, from spectators to players — with additional soap applied to the verbal and “social” messaging regions, Adam Silver doesn’t seem inclined to be the one wielding the washcloth.

Rob Manfred, MLB showing how little they care about fans
Adam Silver
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This week, he should have issued a very strong and public condemnation of NBA career reprobate Draymond Green for his vulgar vomit into microphones during the Warriors victory celebration.

Judging by ESPN’s raved, edited replays of Green’s “speech,” it was the kind of new-standard gutter act we’re all supposed to love on the NBA stage.

But if Silver is content with the NBA’s continued descent even below common indecency, and if he chooses to make it part of his legacy rather than offend the most offensive, so be it. But as Warsaw film pioneer Samuel Goldwyn said, “include me.”

Meanwhile, team owners — those who hire, empower and enrich these commissioners — offer no united public resistance. Imagine insisting that their teams stand out as civilized, as genuinely virtuous, their stadiums and arenas where children and families are treated as customers, and therefore entitled to better. Once again, quite the contrary.

There is absolutely no advantage to the direction that “our” commissioners have chosen. Neglect breeds rot.

And Manfred now admits that while he quietly, as if hiding something, signed – exclusive offers of continuous bait for results padding – he neglected whether fans “have ample opportunity to see the games.

Ghost runners and ghost viewers. Staggering.

Sterling subs on either side of the quality spectrum

In what has to be the most dysfunctional season in Yankees broadcast history, another week of, well, dysfunction.

It actually started off well, with baby-faced Fordham man Justin Shackil auditioning publicly on the battlefield as John Sterling’s sub with Sterling taking games on the road.

Working from Toronto, Shackil gave this listener something that I hadn’t since Sterling arrived in 1989: the ability to enjoy a Yankees game on a nice weekend day outside, on a transistor or a car radio.

He put the games first, stayed with them and above – like the regular school contributor that he is. At no time did he fall in love with the sound of his own voice. The primary goal of the play-by-play radio people serving as eyes and ears has been achieved. He was ready, willful and extremely capable.

Not so good with the next contender, Rickie Ricardo, born Jorge Lima Jr., the veteran baseball radio voice of the Yankees and NFL Eagles in Spanish. He worked the series at the Rays.

Ricardo was serious in his appeals, too. Every pitch, play, and advertisement he read was decorated with affected flourishes and dramatic add-ons, so a pitch thrown low was given a boring and richly undeserved emphasis.

Suzyn Waldman was of no help as she repeatedly interrupted him as if to assert her temporary role as the shows Alpha voice.

One wondered if Ricardo would have been more palatable if he hadn’t chosen to sound like a bad lounge number at Richie’s Roadside Burp & Brew as Reno approached.

On to YES, where it was once again time for Cameron Maybin’s unprocessed observations of the obvious and the ridiculous. From start to finish, Maybin again cried out for the help that YES can’t or won’t provide. The same mute button mutiny applied when Carlos Beltran enters.

A sampler: Maybin, after Anthony Rizzo hit, enlightened us with, “Anthony doesn’t like to hit.” And after Aaron Hicks was again seen posing at home plate in self-admiration on a triple against the wall that could reasonably have been an inside-the-park number, as right fielder Manuel Margot fell injured, praised Hicks for his “energetic” run. .

How much more would YES cost if it produced even mediocre broadcasts?

Ugh! I have to follow Kyrie again

Guess we’ve been doomed to a summer of trying to figure out what’s going on inside Kyrie Irving’s head. That should keep the few remaining people who care.

Rob Manfred, MLB showing how little they care about fans
Kyrie Irving faces an uncertain future with the Nets.
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It’s like this: If Aaron Boone has no problem with Aaron Hicks, among other members of the team he manages, posing at home plate as his ‘home run’ hits the wall, why do fans Should Yankees Care?


Former Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins, now an SNY studio analyst, on Francisco Lindor: “Anything you get from him offensively is a plus because of the quality of his defense.” Oh good? With Lindor signed for $341 million, Blevins has a very low bar.


NBC’s US Open “coverage” was hidden behind endless commercials, the USGA another major golfing entity to have sold its soul. How many Rolexes can a guy own? And host/shill Dan “What a ranking!” Hicks continues to speak Golf Cliché instead of English.


Not surprised that Michelle Tafoya, former NBC Sports regular and now a member of the pro-choice Republican Party in Minnesota, was invited on Dan Le Batard’s podcast to have a kind chat, but felt like she was victim of his left-wing political “ambush”. .” Le Batard was a smug and intolerant creep when he was with ESPN. And I’m a registered Democrat – in exile.

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Michelle Tafoya recently claimed she was “ambushed” during an appearance on Dan Le Batard’s podcast.
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Several readers have requested that we notify ESPN All Sports that the US Open is not a PGA event. Hey, I’m still working on ESPN’s claim that Bobby Thomson’s home run “was a walk-off to win the 1951 NLCS.”

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