And the work stoppage continues. Normally we’d be counting down the days until Rex Fregosi uploaded his glorious pictures of Angels walking around Tempe Diablo Stadium and beginning drills. Now we are left to wonder when, perhaps if, those will come.
Fair or not, the man in charge gets far too much credit for the good times and all the blame for the bad times. President, quarterback, commissioner, head coach. Take any of those jobs and that’s your lot in life.
Rob Manfred is taking plenty of heat for the current work stoppage. The first work stoppage in the lives of many players like Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh.
What are Manfred’s powers and could he have stopped this? Per Wiki (I know, dangerous), this should fall at his feet:
“Under the direction of the Commissioner, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball hires and maintains the sport’s umpiring crews, and negotiates marketing, labor, and television contracts. The commissioner is chosen by a vote of the owners of the teams”
After all, Manfred was hired as Commissioner largely due to his background as a labor relations attorney.
Per MLB, the Commissioner’s powers go far beyond that. “Best interests of baseball” is a clause that gives the Commission very broad powers. None of which, it seems, Manfred used to avoid this lockout.
Want to do some real book learnin’? Marquette University’s Sports Law Review has a great piece on the powers held by baseball’s Commissioner as well as some of the precedents that set and/or confirmed some of those powers.
The players and the owners are like two children intent on bickering and annoying the hell out of each other. Manfred was supposed to be the parent telling them to knock it off, shake hands, and get back to the table. And he didn’t.
It looks like parents could be on the way. MLB owners are now requesting federal mediators to help out. MLBPA has to agree to mediation and this isn’t binding, but mediators often induce conversation and allow both sides to be heard. If they both showed up, it would at least be a sign they want a deal.
Maybe they know something we don’t, maybe they are being optimistic. But the Angels sent out an email and they are hiring. My wife has already decided I get to be an usher when I retire. She either loves and knows me well or wants me out of the house.
The Angels will definitely be employing plenty of lawyers. An appeals court ruled that former clubhouse attendant Bubba Harkins defamation case is valid and should be heard by a jury.
That trial is not the big one, however, Eric Kay will finally face trial for his role in the death of Tyler Skaggs. Witness lists are being revealed and the trial starts Tuesday.
Trying to fill time during the lockout, ESPN is counting down the top 100 players in baseball history. They’ve made some laughably bad takes like placing Jeter at 28th overall and ahead of vastly superior players such as Johnny Bench, Albert Pujols, and Tony Gwynn. Might as well double down on that and peg #1 as a guy who played against the worst competition in MLB history, but also in NY.
I love Ruth for what he was; the first baseball icon. Dude was a beast back in his day. However, the competition in his day was so weak I can’t consider him to be the GOAT. Quite simply, he didn’t prove himself against the best competition the world could offer. Mays generation on did. Not Ruth’s fault, but that’s the facts.
The offseason is not yet complete but as it stands now, Zips has the Angels as second in the AL West with an even .500 record. Oakland and Seattle are right there with us.
The crew at FG’s thinks the Angels would be a great fit for Carlos Rondon and after reading their piece I agree. A six man rotation likely helps him stay on top of his game and he did generate 5 WAR in just over 130 innings last year.
Enjoy this with your morning coffees. Might take a couple of sittings to get through it, but these were the stars of my childhood.
In late breaking news, longtime Angels broadcaster Jose Mota has decided to leave the Angels and Bally’s network. Jose is truly one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and I sincerely wish him well in his next endeavor.