By Diego Marquez
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is under some heat after most sports enthusiasts believe that the punishments that he handed down to the Houston Astros was too light. To add gas to the flames, Manfred used the term “piece of metal” when referring to the MLB Championship Trophy which is better known as the Commissioner’s Trophy.
“The idea of an asterisk or asking for a piece of metal back seems like a futile act,” Manfred said in a statement with ESPN. “People will always know that something was different about the 2017 season, and whether we made the decision right or wrong, we undertook a thorough investigation, and had the intestinal fortitude to share the results of that investigation, even when those results were not very pretty.”
Although the Houston Astros organization was suspected and found of cheating in 2017, Manfred gave the Houston players immunity and let the organization keep the “tainted” World Series trophy. All the while, enraging fans, supporters and furthermore, the Dodgers and fellow MLB players alike.
“The only thing devaluing it right now is the fact that it says ‘Commissioner’ on it,” said Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner. “It’s just unbelievable. Is he that out of touch with our game, that those are his comments?…Does he not know what we put into these seasons? Does he not know how much work we dedicate to winning that piece of metal? Does he not know what it means to fan bases and cities? Does he not know what it means to little kids in that city, trying to inspire those kids to want to be baseball players?”
Dodgers’ first baseman Max Muncy responded to Manfred’s comments, “If all we’re doing is playing for a piece of metal, why do we have this league?”
The fact still remains that the Astros were caught cheating red-handed, and the MLB has not taken the necessary actions needed to make sure it doesn’t happen again. After all, the Astros still have that “piece of metal” and still hold the title of “2017 World Series Champions.”