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Commissioner Manfred blames the best baseball player in the world for baseball’s PR “problems” - A Hunt and Peck


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This has been a major story since the All Star break. It all began when MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made some strange comments to USA Today:

‘Mike has made decisions on what he wants to do, doesn’t want to do, how he wants to spend his free time or not spend his free time,’ Manfred said in the hours before MLB’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park. ‘I think we could help him make his brand very big.

‘But he has to make a decision to engage. It takes time and effort.’”

The context of that quote is not immediately clear, but what most people gathered from it was that baseball’s commissioner believes the game’s best player is not putting enough effort into expanding The Brand.

This is, of course, completely silly, and many people have not shied away from saying so. The Angels even issued a statement on the matter:

The fact if the matter is this: it is not the responsibility of Mike Trout to turn into a free propaganda machine for Major League Baseball. Mike Trount contributes to the Baseball, The Brand simply by being a generational talent and the best baseball player in the world. If he wants to continuing doing that, he is allowed to, encouraged to, in fact. Luckily, that seems that is exactly what he plans to do:

Of course, this could all just be s clever ploy by Manfred to get people talking about baseball and Mike Trout, which in that case Manfred is a genius.

Baseball is back in full after its mid-season break. It should be fun.

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