Some things are pretty simple. Cheating is cheating. There is no, "well, they sort of cheated" in Major League Baseball, where franchises are worth billions and players salaries are predicated on performance. Or maybe there is. On Tuesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's 2017 infamous "Yankee letter" was released, as directed by a judge.
The Major League baseball owners and the MLB Players Association met again on Tuesday. It was announced afterward that "little progress" was made. However, realistically, each step of progress will usher the two sides towards an eventual agreement. And, it may be sooner than we are being led to believe.
Bill Madden of the Daily News joined The Drive with Charlie & Dan today and stated that Major League Baseball, and specifically Commissioner Rob Manfred, publicly attempted to minimize David Ortiz's positive test result for PED's, in addition to the slugger's close relationship with a suspected PED drug dealer from the Dominican Republic. Madden backed up his claim as information documented in the book 'The Baseball Cop' written by former Major League Baseball investigator, Eddie Dominguez. The Daily News baseball columnist said that Major League Baseball will one day 'regret' David Ortiz' induction.
Tonight over 6 million people will tune in their televisions to a sold out Coors Field in Colorado to see Major League Baseball players take glorified batting practice. A pitcher, that the Major League hitter is familiar with, will attempt to throw perfect pitches and the batter will attempt to deposit them deep into the caverns of seats in the outfield filled outstretched arms attached to gloves waiting to absorb a piece of baseball history.
The MLB Commissioner is getting hammered by the players, media and the fans. He, along with the owners he works for, have lost touch with what made this sport great. Video replay challenges, guys stepping out of the box, pitchers taking almost a full minute between pitches and pitcher inspections have, in Miami Marlins manager, Don Mattingly’s words, “made the game unwatchable.” But no one in the Commissioner’s office listens.
The "last best hope" for harmony between the MLB and the MLBPA has failed. The MLBPA has turned down the latest proposal by a vote of 33 to 5. This landside vote against the agreement even after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred tweaked the deal again yesterday doesn't bode well for an actual agreement.