Podcast: Rob Manfred Speaks

After the MLB Owners meeting concluded in Orlando, commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to the media. Despite some verbal gaffes regarding if MLB teams are a wise investment, a few are cautiously optimistic an end to the lockout is on the horizon. Is it, though? It mostly depends on how the conversation goes between both parties on Saturday.

Josh and Jim discuss the timing of when a new CBA needs to be agreed upon, not losing any time during Spring Training, and avoiding a delay of Opening Day. They also point out what they believe are big sticking points that the Owners will need to be more flexible to get MLBPA buy-in.

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asinwreck

The only utterances from Rob Manfred that surprised me involved this detail reported by the Associated Press:

Arizona Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick and Seattle Mariners chairman John Stanton have joined Major League Baseball’s eight-man executive council. They replaced White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Milwaukee chairman Mark Attanasio, Manfred said.

The council also includes Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry and Colorado chairman Dick Monfort (whose terms expire in 2023); Los Angeles Dodgers chairman Mark Walter and Detroit Tigers chairman Christopher Ilitch (2024); and Philadelphia Phillies managing partner John Middleton and Kansas City Royals chairman John Sherman (2025).

Has anyone in the Chicago media followed up on why Jerry’s no longer on this committee?

asinwreck

Thanks. The timing struck me as odd, but then the owners’ delaying an offer for so long would make any point in the calendar potentially awkward for changing committee membership.