MLB is bluffing its way through minor league contraction plans

When Major League Baseball presented its plans to contract 42 Minor League teams and eliminate Rookie ball and A-Short Season ball, most of the baseball community was in an uproar. MLB must have been chuckling as 42 contractions will likely not be the goal. Major League Baseball is a business and all businesses/companies aim high …

Rob Manfred is looking for excuses for the way he “punished” the Astros

In an interview with ESPN's Karl Ravech, Rob Manfred defended MLB's "punishment" of the Astros' sign-stealing. In a long interview, he explained why he did not punish the players. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=yq1bX6F1FwU&feature=emb_logo In this interview, Manfred made a couple of statements that must make fans and non-Astros players shake their heads. Take this one for example: "Yeah, …

Sign-stealing scandal cesspit is getting bigger by the day

Yesterday José Altuve and Alex Bregman made their apologies to the baseball world for their role in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. Also, Astros owner, Jim Crane made a statement. In both cases, fans must have raised their eyebrows. A local Los Angeles news station, KTLA 5, broadcasted the Astros' press conference and labeled José Altuve …

MLB is on the verge of ruining its own future

About a month ago, MLB announced some rigid plan in which they wanted to contract forty-two Minor League teams. MLB claims it is for the sake of their minor league players: less travel time, better facilities and even better pay.    This new plan got a lot of criticism, not only by the fans and …

Rob Manfred: “MiLB owners do not want to negotiate”

Yesterday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred took aim at Minor League Baseball owners, saying that they are not willing to negotiate about  an acceptable new PBA or upgrade their facilities. In the presented plans, MLB wants to contract 42 MiLB clubs, dissolve rookie ball and A short season ball. All this under the guise of reducing …

Senator Sanders (VT) steps into the breach for MiLB

MLB's plans to contract 42 minor league teams for the 2021 season has caused a lot of turmoil. Many disagree with this: Fans, MiLB owners, MiLB towns and even politicians. One of the foremost politicians that slams MLB for the plans is Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. According to Sanders, this move would …

Does Rob Manfred lie about the Marlins acquisition?

The other day MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was interviewed by ESPN's Dan Le Batard. Like many Marlins fans, Le Batard is furious about how the Marlins hold another fire sale. He clearly suspects Manfred to have known about the new ownership group's plans when they acquired the team from Jeffrey Loria. In a radio interview, …

MLB in Montréal a huge step closer

After MLB sold the Montréal Expos to a group of owners that moved the team to Washington, the city of Montréal has been out of Major League Baseball. But all signs point into the direction that an MLB team could return to the French-Canadian city. In the past years, baseball lovers have investigated how to …

The World Baseball Classic seems to be a keeper

With the attendance reaching more than a million and the USA winning it for the first time, the World Baseball Classic has made a serious point to stay alive. Last year there were some strong rumors about the event. It should make some serious money, otherwise, the 2017 edition would be the last. A few …

Future of the World Baseball Classic not so gloomy after all?

In November last year, you could read that the future of the WBC was in doubt.  But with the attendance figures of the first round released recently, the outlook of this top event in the baseball world may not be as gloomy as reported earlier. In November 2016, Cristian Moreno of ESPN tweeted that the …

Ads on MLB jerseys, a matter of time?

With the NBA allowing teams to place advertisements on their jerseys it may be a matter of time before MLB will open the doors for it. Especially now commissioner Rob Manfred does not rule out ads on jerseys. In April 2016, the NBA announced that it will allow teams to sell 2.5-inch-by-2.5-inch space to companies. For …

Possible expansion in MLB will influence MiLB as well

The other day Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, held a press conference. Main issue was a possible expansion of Major League Baeball. Another issue was the stadium situation in Oakland and St. Petersburg. Manfred said that in the long term MLB will expand. He even hinted about a city as he said: "If we …

Rose not reinstated. No HOF in near future

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced today that he has decided not to reinstate Pete Rose. This means that the ban that was implemented in 1989 after it was discovered that Rose betted on baseball games (even of his own team), will not be lifted. Pete Rose requested a lift of the ban in February of …

Tampa Bay Rays heading to Cuba next spring?

According to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, the Tampa Bay Rays have been appointed to go to Cuba to play a set of exhibition games vs the Cuban national team. The Rays were picked by lottery. It all is pending on the fact if MLB can strike a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation. Various clubs …

MLBPA and commish move towards 154 games

SInce Rob Manfred entered his office as new commish, he has talked about possible changes in the game. One of them was to play shorter seasons. He opted to play 154 game seasons instead of 162 game season. According to Manfred 162 games in 183 days is rather a brutal schedule. And don't forget the …