Rob Manfred has redirected some of the baseball world’s anger at the Astros. Unfortunately, for the commissioner the pitch forks are pointed at him now, too.
Manfred has drawn the ire of fans and players for his explanations as to why the Astros players were not punished and why the team was not stripped of its 2017 World Series championship. Those comments included Manfred calling the World Series trophy as “a piece of metal” on Sunday.
“I don’t know if the commissioner has ever won anything in his life,” Dodgers infielder Justin Turner told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. “Maybe he hasn’t. But the reason every guy’s in this room, the reason every guy is working out all offseason, and showing up to camp early and putting in all the time and effort is specifically for that trophy, which, by the way, is called the commissioner’s trophy.
“So for him to devalue it the way he did [Sunday] just tells me how out of touch he is with the players in this game. At this point the only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says ‘commissioner’ on it.”
Turner and the Dodgers lost that World Series in seven games to the Astros, part of a string of painful…