10:04pm: Trout himself has added a statement regarding the commissioner’s comments. Here’s the full text of his response.
“I have received lots of questions about Commissioner Manfred’s recent statement. I am not a petty guy and would really encourage everyone to just move forward. Everything is cool between the commissioner and myself. End of story. I am ready to just play some baseball!”
While most of the statement seems lighthearded and passive, perhaps the most interesting part is the inclusion of the phrase “End of story”, which rhetorically serves to completely shut down any invitation of further questions on the subject. It’s of course a crystal clear sign that Trout wants to stay as far away from any controversy as possible, and certainly doesn’t wish to perpetuate any conflict between Manfred and the Angels.
8:59pm: The Angels issued a statement today regarding outfielder Mike Trout. Out of context, the statement offers praise for the two-time AL MVP (both for his on-field accomplishments and his off-field character), while simultaneously congratulating him for another excellent performance in the All-Star game. While you can read the statement in its entirety at the above link, the excerpt below helps to capture its essence succinctly.
“Mike Trout is an exceptional ambassador for the game. Combined with his talent, his solid character creates a perfect role model for young people everywhere. Each year, Mike devotes a tremendous amount of his time and effort contributing to our Organization, and marketing Major League Baseball… In addition, Mike spends quality time as a husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion. That is rare in today’s society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent.”
There is, however, important additional context to consider in this situation. As Ronald Blum laid out in a piece for AP News, commissioner Rob Manfred recently criticized Trout for lack of engagement in actively marketing himself. Manfred at one point went so far as to comment on how Trout spends his free time. Below are some of Manfred’s most interesting words on the subject.
“Player marketing requires one thing for sure — the player. You cannot market a player passively. You can’t market anything passively. You need people to engage with those to whom you are trying to market in order to have effective marketing. We are very interested in having our players more engaged and having higher profile players and helping our players develop their individual brand. But that involves the player being actively engaged.
Mike’s a great, great player and a really nice person, but he’s made certain decisions about what he wants to do and what he doesn’t want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time and how he doesn’t want to spend his free time. That’s up to him. If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could help him make his brand really, really big. But he has to make a decision that he’s prepared to engage in that area. It takes time and effort.”
While the comments seem mostly harmless, it’s hard to recall a time in recent memory when the commissioner offered such a direct criticism of a player’s effort to build his brand. The fact that Trout’s shown such exceptional talent while never accruing so much as a blemish on his reputation makes this criticism all the more peculiar. That Trout’s not a bigger name outside of baseball circles probably speaks as much to the league’s efforts to market their players (and overall popularity) as it does to Trout’s own individual endeavors.
Although the subject of marketing Trout has never taken this much spotlight before, this is far from the first time it’s been broached- Fangraphs’ Effectively Wild podcast is just one outlet to have examined it in detail. It’s often been suggested that while Trout’s baseball talent is extraordinary, his personality doesn’t particularly invite the same fascination. The Angels outfielder’s most widely-known hobbies include fishing, crabbing, with an interest in meteorology perhaps being his most unusual one. Some reporters have actually tried to exploit that latter item; Ken Rosenthal in particular put a weather map in front of Trout at one point during the All-Star Game and asked him to tell his audience whether they might see any rain during the course of the exhibition. Nonetheless, there’s been little success in eliciting the same kind of extroverted passion seen in players like Francisco Lindor, humor shown by players like Brandon McCarthy, or any of the bizarre and noteworthy comments given by players like Bryce Harper.
That said, it’s not as though Trout has stayed entirely out of the spotlight. As Angels ownership noted in the aforementioned statement, he’s been involved in plenty of community outreach. The seven-time All-Star has visited schools, hospitals and plenty of other charities, signing autographs for children and other fans while exhibiting class and humility. That Trout’s been a great husband, brother and friend to many while accomplishing such unimaginable feats in the game of baseball does plenty to establish a brand in its own right.
One could argue that Trout’s somewhat simple personality has allowed for plenty of humor by of contrast. Comedy is created by opposition, after all, and Trout delivering lines somewhat dryly with a monochromatic expression has created some brilliant humor in commercials for products like BodyArmor Sports Drink, Subway, and even MLB itself. While successful deadpan humor amidst heightened situations is far from the only ingredient in the recipe for a strong brand, it certainly isn’t nothing, and it’s proof in and of itself of how knowing the personality you’re working with is a key component of a successful marketing campaign.
Then again, it’s important to examine whether it’s any sort of obligation for Trout to actively market himself if he doesn’t want to. Certainly the league would benefit greatly if its consensus best player were as prominent of a celebrity as LeBron James or Tom Brady, but it would be hard to argue that Trout “owes” the league anything additional in that regard. After all, he’s fulfilled all his contractual obligations with the Angels since the moment he set foot in The Show, and his level of play certainly suggests he puts 110% effort into his game. Manfred’s comments seem to imply that it’s Trout’s responsibility as a top MLB talent to put more free into building his brand, when in reality the very use of the phrase “free time” illustrates that such a suggestion is at most up for debate. Trout certainly has significant obligations to his family, and there’s of course significant drawbacks to being more recognizable in public.
All that said, there’s no denying that it would benefit Trout’s legacy if he were to devote more time and resources to promoting himself and building his brand. Even considering only his accomplishments to date, Trout is a surefire bet to land in the Hall of Fame, and he’s not even to the age that most would consider to be a player’s “prime”. If he stays healthy and ages at least gracefully, he stands a reasonable chance to break Babe Ruth’s records for fWAR and bWAR and go down as the greatest baseball player of all time. A bigger brand could mean more public notoriety, a greater estate for his descendants, and a greater impact on the community he devotes so much time to helping.
Though it’s fair to assume that Manfred’s comments were made largely in his own self-interest, noteworthy is the fact that the Angels themselves would be among the most lavish beneficiaries of a greater Trout presence, considering they directly benefit from the increased sales they’d likely draw from ticket sales and player merchandise (though one would hope the products would be better than this shirt). That Angels ownership stood in such obvious opposition to Manfred’s comments perhaps speaks to their relationship with Trout, and perhaps even a contrasting assessment to that of the commissioner. For their part, many players, including former teammate Huston Street, certainly seem to believe that Trout is exactly what a player ought to be.
It will be interesting to see how Trout and his agent, Craig Landis, respond to this drama, or indeed whether they choose to at all. Furthermore, it’s easy to wonder if this will lead to a further exchange between the commissioner’s office and Angels ownership. And of course it’s also possible that Tony Clark of the MLBPA could even get involved. Speculation aside, though, one thing is certain… the subject is unlikely to simply disappear over the long remainder of Trout’s career. Perhaps the most intriguing concern is whether this controversy will reach a point at which it causes unnecessary tension between the league and its best player… for the sake of the game, I hope that seemingly far fetched outcome doesn’t come to fruition.
He’s a blonde jock, what do you expect?
Yeah, if he were a brunette, this would be a different story.
you don’t hear the NBA’s commish saying this about Lebron, and yuo don’t hear the NFL commish saying this about Brady. So Trout should be ashamed of himself and not making the playoffs is karma lol..
do better trout….
Dont be so naive. The NBA commissioner adores lebron. Why do you think the 2016 finals were fixed. He wanted ratings. So he had the Cleveland LeBeon Silvers make a comeback down 3-1.
I’m sure you are very own minded…absent…absent minded.
was supposed to say “open minded”…I’ll see myself out.
Let me catch that door for you
Manfred is an absolute scumbag.
Manfred is a douchebag and should resign. To the game of baseball, he is a wart on the game’s ass. If he left tomorrow, he wouldn’t be missed. If he had anything to say on Trout and marketing, it should have been said in private. Trout took the high road. Manfred should be flushed like the POS he is. Then the room should be sprayed with aerosol. My lifelong enthusiasm for baseball is diminished by Manfred. He’s well below the level of a creep. I’ll acknowledge that I am a Trout — if not an Angels — fan.
The “Babe” was “very proud “ of his fWAR and bWAR all time records!!! He didn’t care at all about the 714 HR’s or any of his other meaningless “counting stats”….he ONLY cared about his WAR in all of its versions forms!!!
And the Babe was very proud of his Corvette and his membership in the Society of Creative Anachronism.
Sir Osis Oliver
Such a random SCA reference is deserving of a upvote. Well played, Mauer!
Trouts contributed more to baseball than Manfred, so get off of him Rob.
You said it Camdenyards! Manfred is way out of line!
Just when you think that Manfred may be more than a younger version of Bumbling Uncle Bud Selig, he reminds you that that is all he is.
dimitrios in la
This is one of the great non-stories in recent memory. Thank goodness Trout doesn’t obsess over his brand. A better story would be if Manfred scrutinized Harper for behaving (and looking) like a clown and eliciting a ton of non-warranted hype—rather than shutting up and hustling to first base. Now THAT’s a story.
Not in the slightest.
Couldn’t agree more, dimitrios. Harper has had one excellent season his entire career – although I still don’t understand why it’s called historic – yet you’d think he’d had the career Trout has.
Mariano Rivera was beloved, or at least admired, by a lot of baseball fans because of his greatness on the field, not because of some hype campaign by him or his representatives. Same goes for Trout.
At the end of their prospective careers, Trout will be lauded by baseball fans everywhere. Harper? Not so much.
My two most hated people in MLB are Manfred and Harper. F both of them.
And if we’re going to talk about one of the greatest Yankess (Rivera), why not talk about Jeter? Jeter was the cleanest, most private baseball guy there is! I don’t remember Selig giving him crap because he wasn’t marketing his “brand.” Being in NY was his brand and that’s all he needed. I love that Trout is a true PROFESSIONAL baseball player. He’s already made a ton of money — he doesn’t need to pimp himself out to develop his “brand.” I hate Mandred. He’s probably a raging liberal and he wants to continue making baseball “soft.” Go away. How long does he have to stick around?
Please enlighten the masses how Bryce looks like a clown. We’ll wait…
That’s a clown comment, bro.
Some people don’t like fun and want players to be robots. That’s the only reason for Harper hate
Agreed. I can’t wrap my head around the vitriol that Harper receives. Yes he’s young, yes he’s made some dumb comments because of his youthful age (but who here among us didn’t do/say at least SOMETHING dumb when they were young?), but I love watching the kid play ball.
Obviously as a Mets fan I’ve been tortured by his performance, but every post game interview I’ve heard him give after Mets games is complementary and professional. When Harvey had a few seasons run of owning Harper, Bryce never spoke ill or deflected. Instead he would always say that Harvey is a great pitcher (sigh….) and he’s got good stuff, etc etc etc.
Probably just comes with the territory of being outspoken, young, and very good at the game. I can’t comment on his lack of hustle at times, thats on him, but I also don’t think he deserves all the trash talk he receives.
One of the frustrating traits that turns people off of Harper is that he never looks like he’s enjoying the game. For a guy who once promoted “make baseball fun again” he rarely smiles or seems to relax. I think it irritates fans much the way Tiger Woods did at his peak when he’d get visibly angry after every little mistake.
Harper hate is because he was anointed Lebron like status without earning. Then when he was younger, he acted his immature age. Took me many years to respect Serena Williams in large part to her dad. Today I have nothing but respect for her.
I agree. He gives a fine – somewhat monotone – after game interview, but he always looks like he just hates his life.
I think I may have contributed more to the game of baseball than Rob Manfred. What a tool.
Methinks MLB needs more enlightened leadership. The commissioner’s remarks are extremely shortsighted and exhibit a woeful lack of understanding of the big picture. He doesn’t appear to know how to run a complex organization where people are assets and the key to selling the product. One size does not fit all.
I loathe Manfred.
I do as well. Anyone who is familiar with Manfred views knows that he is a top-down thinker and who buys-into all sorts of virtue signaling. He’ll face backlash for this and either smartly change his tune or he’ll double down on it and suggest that the sport’s top players ‘owe it to the sport’ to promote it more. I think that Manfred would consider himself a political Progressive. It’s funny, then, that he just revealed that he is just as ‘greedy’ as anyone else who takes a financial interest in something.
He acts like a greedy lawyer, and I’ll leave it at that.
Nothing about Manfred has ever suggested progressive views. No need to grind your right-wing axe here.
Well said MWeller!!
Just your imagination running away with you. Manfred’s online political donations show he donated to McCain over Obama in ’08, and maxed out to August Wolf’s Republican Senate campaign last cycle. A lefty he ain’t.
What about Trump vs. Clinton? skipped.
Please, please elaborate on your implication.
Or (God forbid) research and provide some facts.
So the “facts” and the “truth” get v arrowed…WTF???!!!
I mean Trout doesn’t need to be the face of baseball. There are other players that might have more of a personality to be someone that is bigger than the game.
No one is “bigger” than the game.
dimitrios in la
Exactly. And he actually fits in perfectly with the Angels and much of Orange County. He also puts personhood before bull crap.
Baseball would be even better if MT was its face.
Let’s be honest here: if Trout played for an east coast team he’d already be more popular. So would Kershaw, Posey, Arenando and a host of others.
The fact MLB’s media partners don’t cover the West Coast isn’t on the players. ESPN was forced to show Angels/Dodgers only after the Yanks balked.
You don’t get such disparate coverage in any other league.
College football (sec) says hello
Kershaw could not be anymore popular. Those other garbage markets you mentioned are irrelevant.
It’s not as much as MLB media partners don’t cover west coast games as it’s the reality of the time differences. The majority of Trout’s games start at 10 pm on the east coast and end after midnight. Can’t expect much of a national audience when you lose nearly half the country by the 4th inning
The time zone explains some but ESPN Sunday night is always Yanks and/or Sox. Fox Saturday afternoons same thing.
It’s a self fulfilling cycle of they only cover the east, casual fans only know the east, so they cover the east.
I count espn not showing my local team as a blessing. If they show the braves as a sunday night game espn will show us the back up game and the local networks will not cover the braves game because espn has the broadcast.
Eastern Standard Players Network.
Fox has regional coverage normally so blame your local station for what is shown. They air what they believe will generate the best ratings.
At least one of the Cubs, Astros, Yankees, and Nationals have appeared in all but two Sunday Night Baseballs. And one of them (Dodgers/Angels on July 8th) was only a replacement for a Yankees/Blue Jays game that the Yankees opted out of.
Fox Saturday afternoons are regionally-based, so those don’t really count as “national broadcasts”.
How many people on the west coast are tuning in to Phillies games at 4pm on a workday? The time zone works both ways.
Pitches Love Velocity
How many people are actually home from their 9 to 5 job to watch a phillies game at 4pm on a work day?
You act like majority of people willingly choose to not watch east coast games on the west coast……
The east coast people are at least at home when the west coast games start.
We typically catch the last 4/5 innings.
West coast is awesome for a sports fan. Especially for football and fights.
I record all LA dodgers games and watch them the next day
It is because of the time zone and start times. Nothing more.
@Halos – tell me about it!
– Ken Griffey Jr.
This isn’t meant to be an attack on Trout but if he/the angels were in the playoffs more he’d easily be more popular.
It’s because most of the media people are Yankees fans so they decide to air the Yankees
Yes I’m joking
Definitely true for October. I realize the Angels don’t deserve much national air time down the stretch, but at the beginning of the year when we had promise and Ohtani on the mound, we still only got one national game: in NY against the Yanks.
More people know scrubby guys like Bird, Swihart, and Refsnyder than actually elite players like Eliazar Suarez and Eddie Rosario
Refsnyder is a future hall of famer, what are you talking about
I consider myself a pretty big baseball fan but I’m convinced you made up the name Eliazar Suarez. Never heard of the guy.
How much money and fame do you need while you short change your family? Baloney. Not gonna happen on Trout’s watch…..
Well said Jorge!! Nothing more nothing less!!!
Do what you do Trout…this is ridiculous
Manfred does not have a clue!
Mike Trout is just a very humble and modest person that does not boast or brag about his accomplishments, and I applaud him for that.
Trout is hands down the best player of our generation and exactly what & who I would want my boys to look up to.
I’ve seen many clips of Mike Trout playing catch with kids in the stands, and interacting with them in general. Mr. Manfred, that is your marketing right there. If he is not the kind of man that wants to “toot his own horn” in the fashion of other players, I see nothing wrong with that. He is a wonderful role model for kids, who are consistently being pulled away from baseball to play soccer. Mr. Manfred, your concern about a clean-cut young man that by his very actions are disappointing to say the least, and down right disturbing……….and this is coming from a 50+ year Indians fan..
outta the pen
Trout is an incredible talent who has demonstrated a work ethic and passion that has allowed him to attain status as the top player in the game. Doesn’t that buy him the right to live his life on his terms and adhere to his values? MLB’s slumping popularity is not due to players like Trout, Mr. Commissioner.
Trout’s “legacy “ is not Manfred’s or anyone else’s.
Manfred has said things in the past against traditional baseball.
Let’s face it…two things: 1– time for Artie to speak out against Manfred. 2- I believe Artie was the only owner to vote against Manfred becoming comish. PAYBACK BY MANFRED????
In a PC world where people now get zero second chances, I’d like this to be Manfred’s last hurrah. He is unilaterally attempting to change the game, the game that players and fans already love, and now he’s attacking the games’ greatest modern-day talent. A talent who has never done anything wrong.
Trout exemplifies a true professional on and off the field: performing at high levels on the field and staying out of trouble off it. Further, I’d argue baseball has far greater problems with its game than a singular Mike Trout not publicizing the game. There are literally a number of other high-end stars that promote the game in the bright lights of the media (and it’s still not enough to increase attendance or “fix” the game).
It’s time for Manfred to go, plain and simple. I hope that Manfred gets raked over the coals for inappropriately calling Trout out like this.
Someone down-voted this? Damn, didn’t realize that Manfred had created an account.
Wasn’t me as I am on the app, but I’d guess the passive aggressive first sentence is why.
Is he Baseball’s Trump?
More like Obama. Progressive.
Everything you said would’ve have been perfect if you’d started out “I’d like to see…” PC has nothing to do with this and people in our society get plenty of chances, sometimes to our own detriment.
Possibly. The inclusion of that term was to imply that in today’s culture people generally don’t get that second chance. At least not when they do something as public as this – calling out the game’s brightest star. I just believe (and I’m pretty certain I’m not alone) that Manfred’s time has run its course.
It looks like Manfred must have some fans in here….or you don’t. I couldn’t agree more with every post you’ve made.
The commissioner works for the owners. Not the players, not the fans, the owners. So why is anyone shocked when he promotes the game’s revenue side? Ever since Bud Selig I have given up any hope that a commissioner will look a single millimeter beyond the interests of ownership. Take off your blinders. Manfred will have his job for exactly as long as he’s effectively doing the bidding of the team owners who employ him. Full stop.
Yes, Kyle, that shirt was kind of intense…..
Trout was born and raised in South Jersey, Millville to be exact. South Jersey is worlds away from what people may see on Jersey Shore. It’s farmland, family, flat and more “Midwest” than “Midtown”. It’s not surprising at all that he isn’t interested in “promoting his brand”. He is down to earth and humble. You won’t change him, thankfully.
This makes total sense.
Mileville’s population when I grew up in that area was about 19,000+. It’s now about 28,000+. a growth of only 9,000 in 60+ years.
Couldn’t have said that better myself. Well worded. 100% facts
If anything, LeBron James is OVER-marketed, perhaps even to his detriment. It has reached the point where both dedicated NBA fans and casual observers alike have developed “LeBron fatigue.”
It all started with his first foray into free agency and went downhill quickly from there.
His income would seem to indicate that the number of people with LeBron fatigue can’t be that high.
I have LeBron fatigue. When I would rather root for the Celtics than for him, when I would rather root for Boston, then there is a problem.
Ruth is the greatest player ever. He was a superior pitcher and hitter.
That being said, Trout is a superior player and a superior person. Why can’t what Trout’s doing on the field (which is extraordinary) be enough ?
Manfred needs to shut up and enjoy Trout, like the rest of us do…
“like the rest of us do” problem is there’s not many of us compared to…
“If anything, LeBron James is OVER-marketed” what you posted is wrong on so many levels. LeBron James is the second most followed athlete in the world. The NBA is the second most popular sport in America. LeBron is close to becoming a billionaire through endorsements, media holdings, and a foray into movies. The NBA had Magic and Larry, then Michael, and now the LeBron era. The NBA does the best of any of the major sports in aligning itself with popular culture. Out of the top one hundred most followed and known athletes in the world there’s only one MLB player and that is a retired man…Derek Jeter
I read the article, and it appears to me that Manfred was saying that Trout is missing an opportunity to market himself better. I think Manfred has the right to say that but he’s stepping right on the line there. Trout should market himself however the hell he wants.
While players like LeBron or Brady might be more recognizable and have huge endorsement deals, they also are heavily scrutinized by the media and fans, the high profile aspect of who they are invites this and maybe, just maybe Trout doesn’t care for that attention?
Manfred can go to hell. He should be talking about ESPN, MLB network and the rest of them for not giving the west coast teams the spotlight. If he really wants to highlight Trout and whoever else, then make sure MLB network and all the so called journalists do that. It would be very easy to brand Trout without Trout doing anything. If Manfred can’t possible do that, Then let him live his life, if he wants to be secluded, let him be.
Tough to put highlights on a prime time show when the game hasn’t started yet.
Not really, it just takes a little effort. But that would cut into the Red Sox and Yankee games so that won’t happen.
Maybe showcase some national games that aren’t NY, Boston, or Chicago. Don’t wanna admit that bias eh, manfred? You jack ass.
I’d be fine with that. I hate when Cubs are on ESPN.
The dirty little secret of MLB is that the league has no interest in parity or a level playing field because the league makes more money when the big market teams do well.
Manfred still thinks pace of play, and the players not having absurd personalities and mainstream attention, are the reasons for MLB ‘declining’ (it really isnt). Dudes clueless. Maybe its because it cost 150 bucks for a family 4 to sit in the nosebleeds, and thats if they dont eat/drink anything.
Spot on and to further illustrate how misdirected Manfreds efforts have been…
His pace of play efforts are a joke. He has seriously made it a top priority to save 5-10 minutes from a 2.5-3 hour game. I’m as big of a baseball as there is and even I don’t normally sit and watch a game from start to finish. What good is it to anyone WHO ISN’T AT THE GAME to shave a few minutes off a game?!?! Its been such a waste to watch him tinker with this and that to make the games shorter.
If I’m in the stands, I want a long game. If I’m at home, it doesn’t really matter if the game is short or not. Dumb leadership if you ask me. Just another commissioner pandering to the owners.
I agree, the game isn’t declining at all, what a joke of a narrative that is.
It could use less old guys getting mad at players celebrating their remarkable achievements, and less anti-DH types, maybe get rid of some of the dumber stats out there (pitcher W-L, RBI), but that’s really all that needs to change.
It’s not Trout’s fault he plays for the crappy Angles. I live in L.A. people could not care less about that team. It’s like Willie Mays playing for the Devil Rays.
Willie mays, playing for the devil rays!! Sounds like an NWA song haha. That was dope
About Mike Trout, the man, I know next to nothing except I really hope he likes fishing because of all the potential jokes. About Mike Trout, the baseball player, I know he’s a thrill to watch. That’s all I need.
If Manfred wants to have a temper tantrum that Trout isn’t spending more time making himself the face of baseball then frankly Manfred has way too much free time on his hands.
I don’t know what Manfred is talking about, Trout was just on the box of generic brand soft pretzels that I just ate
Manfred is a joke and baseball is less popular I believe since he took over. So let’s take away Trout and make Manfred play and watch all your weekly MLB games on the O channel.
The Comish is way out of line here; really. If Trout wants to go fishing, or Mookie Betts bowling, instead of forcing their faces into the camera, that’s their choice.
There’s a history of MLB greats, from Musial to Al Kaline,, who came to work, did their job and went home. I fail to see anything wrong with that. In fact, I se a lot of right with it.
How about they at least give him player of the week when he deserves it most of the time. Trout has been the player of the week by a long shot multiple times over the passed three years!
I get you don’t want the same guy most weeks but not giving it to Trout in 3 years is insane!
Calm own everyone. Can you not see that the commish is like a parent trying to tell the little league coach to play his kid cause he so good, can’t do no wrong and etc? Commish is living in the youth/talent of trout.
on a similar note, Rob Manfred must have hired those people who send obnoxious mlb at bat notifications to help “market the game”. because I don’t care about Francisco lindors teeth, or or every bleepin no hitter alert
You can turn those off.
So, the Commissioner criticized Trout for not cashing in?!?!?
Quite the odd position.
If I were a superstar like trout, I wouldn’t want to market myself. I’d rather just live a quiet life outside of the sport and away from media. No reason to call a guy out because of that.
Wonder if Manfred is going to force him to take a marketability training class…
Der Kommissar’s in town, uh oh.
Manfred is an integrity challenged fraud (like Selig) but I can’t fault him for having Hader undergo sensitivity training. Hader isn’t being punished by MLB.
Geez everyone overreacts over everything these days. What Manfred said wasn’t critical, harsh, or untrue. He stated how it is. Trout has priorities other than marketing. Who cares
Pitches Love Velocity
As a commissioner he shouldnt be making these comments in the 1st place, especially about an individual player currently playing.
He wants to talk about players in general needing to put effort into marketing themselves fine. The 1st paragraph posted is fine.
When he specifically mentioned Mike Trout by name and referenced him to prove his point is where he messed up. Should have stuck with either
a. general players or
b. a former player who did such things to market themselves better instead of focusing on current players who dont or former players who didnt.
Manfred was specifically asked why the league doesn’t do more to market Trout — specifically, by name — with the implication that it’s Manfred/MLB’s fault that Trout isn’t a big media star. In that context, pointing out that Trout doesn’t actually want to be a media star seems pretty fair.
In typical fashion, the media raise an issue, but then frame it as if Manfred just said this out of the blue as an attack on Trout. It’s all BS.
If you want to market a player, you don’t give him a hard time.
This commissioner continues to show how garbage he is at every turn, since he was first appointed. Instead of telling everyone what is “wrong” with the game, how about talking about/promoting it as the best game in the world, and educating people? I’ve turned non sports fans and non baseball fans into people that call me and admittedly say baseball has the best postseason by far, and how much they enjoy the game now, and people that have and will go to the games…and that’s in Miami of all places. Get it done at the youth level.
Mike Trout is nothing but great for the game. Best in the world. Does everything the right way. Doesnt get in trouble, and does good things as part of society. And he is going to be around for a long time. Dude is an all time great, and on his way to a legendary career. Nobody will remember Rob Manfred as anything other than a trash commissioner that makes himself look dumb every time he opens his mouth
Rob, be grateful that the stars of your league aren’t mentioned constantly in the press everywhere for substance abuse, braking the law in a number of ways, etc. Just ask Goodell.
No just spouse abuse and racist and homophobic tweets. Oh and racist gestures during the playoffs.
Do you really think Goodell is worried about that? The NFL has taken a hit recently but they are in no danger of losing the top spot in American sports. The only people I’ve met who were boycotting the NFL were doing so because of the anthem protests. Sadly I’m not convinced that the NFLs bad publicity ever results in a loss of money or fans.
He criticized Trout for not compromising his own values and making more money for MLB.
Tom E. Snyder
The commissioner IS out of line on this.
Ask the NFL about players getting their names in the headlines!
Baseball in general is terrible at marketing their players. This shouldn’t be on the individual. Shame on you, Manfred
If MLB and the Angels organization want to increase Trout’s brand surround him with better players. Consistent exposure in the Postseason would do wonders for his brand. Mike Trout is everything MLB player should be.
I guess this is just a good reminder that the MLB is a business, a business that only sees Trout as $$$, not a person.
Which is what MLB has become. This is why I’m getting into minor league baseball more and more, and considering canceling my MLB. tv streaming package and using that money towards season tickets for my local High-A team next season.
I’m fairly certain MLB.tv offers a MiLB option too and at a significantly lower price.
I’ve had it before. It’s an app called First Pitch. It’s around half the cost, but the picture and sound quality is not so good. Plus, I’m only able to watch on my iPad or iPhone. The app’s not available on my Roku3 or Amazon Fire.
Haters gonna hate.
Better to be the humble all-world, five-tool player than the .214-hitting, home run derby cheating, walking Pantene commercial better known as Bryce Harper.
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He signs with the Marlins in the off season youd clean his jock strap with your mouth in a heartbeat.
This made me lol.
“Home run derby cheating” by doing the same thing as everyone else. Schwarber wouldn’t have made it out of the first round without yelling for his pitcher to throw the ball right after hitting sky-high popups. Get over it. It was entertaining, and that’s literally the ONLY purpose of the event.
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What a joke of a commissioner.
First the Josh Hader decision 7 years after the fact and now publicly saying this about one of the games elite players.
This bum is gonna ruin baseball.
I don’t understand the harm in having Hader undergo sensitivity training. It’s not a punishment. I think Manfred is lacking integrity on many baseball issues, but MLB is acknowledging that Hader said hateful things at an age when he should have known better… We’re not talking about a five year old who repeated things someone else said.
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“should have known better”
1. it was quotes from rap lyrics mostly, so he should have known he wasn’t allowed to quote rap songs with the n word in it?
2. 17 isn’t an age of “should have known better” when it comes to posting quotes from movies, lyrics, or talking to your friends online in many instances
3. its a punishment, he is required to take sensitivity training. its not optional. Hader doesn’t get a choice. Hence, its a punishment because hes being forced to do so.
4. the mlb should have made a new policy requiring draft picks or players with 2 or less years of professional time to take community relations classes where they cover things like social media and how it can impact things. punishing players for stuff they did while unaffiliated with the league is a joke, and serves no purpose since clearly Hader stopped posting stuff like that 7 years ago.
How many, almost 18 year old jerks did you know that posted racist, bigtoted crap like that? Hopefully not many.. That’s why it’s an issue. It is not normal for immaturity to lead to such behavior… And again, MLB is not punishing Hader. That, I would have a problem with..
It’s called politically correct and in this case it’s out of place. 7 years ago he should’ve been punished if at all. The problem is we don’t know exactly what the tweets contained.
Bert how old are you? Anyone under the age of 25 probably knows quite a few people who tweeted that way at one point in time. Not everyone is from a Christian bible school In Kansas.
It’s not a punishment in the traditional sense. There’s no loss of money or time away from the Brewers. He’s only going to be inconvenienced, if he sees it that away, for a short while.
I’m 32.. Yes, I’ve had friends who’ve been jackasses online plenty of times but it was more garbage talk and unnecessary insults, not racism and bigotry..heh And I don’t buy that he was some brain-dead kid simply quoting lyrics without any understanding.
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How many under 18 year old jerks? Every single kid on twitter facebook or any social media platform ever that has quoted the 1,000s of rap songs that use the N word lol. Literally 1000s of rap songs say it at some point or another.
Here are a few classics:
NAS – They say we N-I double G-E-R, we are
50 cent -I’m havin’ the epiphany you [n-words]s ain’t [shoot] to me
Jay Z & Kanye – First [n words] gotta find me
Kendrick Lamar – A rich [n word] buy anything you sell him
A broke [n word] believe anything that you tell him
Well I’m a broke [n word], but still I wouldn’t listen to you
Even if your hand was on a Bible quote, [n word], pfttuh
Really, its not normal behavior for kids to quote/sing songs they listen to? LOL. Dude you have no clue………..you ever been around any kids ever? White Black Asian Hispanic they all do it.
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Shocker, 17 year old kid on twitter being a d!ck. Shocker. Never would of have guessed it was some junior in high school looking for attention on social media. Not in a million years.
Only difference between twitter/facebook and what high schoolers say to each other at school, while playing video games, hanging out together is an online paper trail with the posts. If every conversation we’ve ever had was recorded and accessible damn near every MLB player will be attending sensitivity training for stuff they did or said in middle school, high school, to friends, etc.
Plenty of kids do it for sure. There’s no doubt about that. I never quoted rap lyrics in my tweets but I deleted my twitter shortly before college graduation because I honestly couldn’t tell you if I might’ve said something that may not look so hot when I was 14/15 years old. Hader is my age, we grew up in the same part of MD and played HS baseball against each other so I’m certain we had the same type of friends and experience…..On a semi related note hader actually went to a public high school that doesn’t produce a whole lot of baseball talent as most guys around here play at the abundance of private schools we have. Very rare to see a kid that good play at a public high school if you live in the Baltimore/Washington area.
Ok but know that many lawyers are requesting that 12 year old African American boys should stand trial as adults, so your “he’s 17 just a dumb kid” narrative is kind of a bunch of crap.
12 year olds who stand trial as adults usually do something like Rape or Murder someone with the intent and its premeditated.
Idk how you’re even bringing up kids being charged with serious crimes they purposefully planned out to a 17 year old posting rap lryrics on social media containing the n word.
At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Manfred is such a POS. How’s this a hole, according to the Standard Player Agreement, Trout doesn’t have to do jack except make 3 appearances for HIS TEAM in any calendar year. He goes out of his way to be not only the best payer in baseball, but a great ambassador for the sport and you talk crap about him? Maybe he should just tell you to pound sand. This just ticks me off.
Let the man be. He’s a calm collected humble guy who’s been the best player in baseball for the past 5-6 years. Day in day out he brings it, enjoys and respects the game. Just let the guy play and see where it goes. Jeter was very popular, but he wasn’t the best. Clutch yes but not the best player
I can’t believe that I have even more respect for Trout than I already did. Manfred is fighting not only a stupid battle, but a losing one. Branding is for the Kardashians. Not future Hall of Famers.
Manfred isn’t stupid. His comments got us all talking about Mike Trout. Mission accomplished. In a greasy manipulative way.
That’s how lawyers work.
Trout’s too busy being the best player in baseball since Barry Bonds to worry about being a walking billboard.
Manfred has lost sight of the fact that it’s Trout’s life, not his.
Mike Trout has officially won the classiest player of the year award and is firmly in the lead for the classiest player of the decade.
Mike Trout is about as outstanding a representative of mlb as they could hope for. He’s a solid guy, unworldly talent and has his priorities straight. I’m so tired of self promoting jack ass athletes. Ali started all this garbage and it’s time that it be put back in the can. Give me Trout, Gwynn and Judge any day before most of the self promoting, trash talking idiots in sports today.
“Rob if you would’ve been more interested in your own life you would’ve fixed the goal posts in the middle of your mouth”
angels in Anaheim
Just like the Babe Ruth story, Trout makes more money than Manfred because Trout had a better year. Credit Trout and his parents for being a humble guy. I love watching a Trout play. He is amazing.
Im getting to the point where I just never want to talk outloud again based on all of the over analyzing and backlash from everything.
Rob, I don’t agree with most of the things you are doing to the game, but I don’t see anything wrong with this statement. I see how it can be perceived as a passive aggressive slight but I don’t think there was any harm done.
Shoutout to Mike Trout though for being real about it. “Im not a petty person” thats why we love you Mike.
I wonder if Manfred realizes how disconnected his comments show he is from the actual game. This guy should just go ahead and get a job on Wall Street. He’s closer to that than he is to the game of baseball.
Never been a fan of Rob Manfred. Wish MLB would make a change there and get a new commissioner
It agonises Manfred each night that Trout isn’t on the east coast. Awesome.
That why I like mike trout, he doesn’t wh*re himself out like other superstar athletes do and is humble and plays the game the way it suppose to be played. Manfred wants all his players to publicity front of the camera type of people.
This organization needs to worry about building a team that not gonna be 20 games out, and .500, and can’t sniff the playoffs year after year.
***under .500, and can’t sniff the playoffs year after year.
But hey! Some organizations want to win and others could not careless.
*Force trade on*
Mike Trout traded to New York Yankees for Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield.
Thanks for adding that valuable contribution.
It starts with those three.
Rob Manfred you are an idiot! Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. He works and plays hard day in and day out, stays out of trouble and is always available to the fans both at home and on the road and you want to criticize him because he doesn’t draw enough attention to himself for marketing purposes. His play should be all the attnention he needs to draw to himself. Quit trying to create negative attention around the leagues best player. Embrace what he is doing let his play draw the attention.
I was kind of stunned to see Trout described in this article as having a “simple personality.” I’m sure it was unintentional but that’s quite an insult, actually.
Selig was not my favorite person in the world, but at least he let baseball be baseball. This is embarrassing to publicly call out the best player in baseball.
In my opinion would it be nice to have trout the personality that Lebron or Brady is? Absolutely, probably would help bring a lot of fans in. BUT Before I get jumped on for saying that. If it’s not his style it’s not his style, and you can’t force someone to brand himself if he doesn’t want to.
Just in terms of Trout’s exposure…. There’s a few reasons that contribute to this problem. The first is that he’s on the west coast. Barely anyone (who’s not on the west coast) is tuning in to watch an Angels game at 10:05pm EST, or 9:05pm CST.
As a result, many of those games get buried, on the west coast, which is much more sparsely populated than the east coast.
Also, he plays on the Angels, not the Dodgers. Let’s be honest, no offense to the Angels, but they just aren’t the Dodgers.
If Trout was on the Yankees, Cubs, Or Red Sox, or even the Dodgers (Dodgers, even though they’re on the west coast, just have a much bigger brand and following)…..the guy’s face would be everywhere. Just is what it is.
It’s true, nearly half the country lives in the Eastern time zone. It’s also true that the Angels brand isn’t as strong as the Dodgers, but it also doesn’t help Trout that the Angels haven’t been better than marginally competitive for the entire time he’s been playing for the club.
I concur. I’m an Angel fan, and I’m aware baseball would be a better game with Trout off the Angels. The best player in the game is being wasted….. this team does not even try to a win anymore. Just look at the 20 games out, under.500, and can’t sniff the playoffs year after year.
Hey Mike #FlyEaglesFly
To me, Manfred wants to use “Trout” as a profit making advertisement. Like article states, Manfred wants to use Trout as LBJ or Brady and Trout just wants to play ball. Manfred obviously isn’t happy with Trout just playing ball. Screw you Manfred, kept on changing the game and all that. Let players be and let them play baseball. Personal life is for them and you don’t “own” players like slaves. After all they just love playing what they love.
The commissioner works for the owners. His job, like it or not, is to maximize the revenue from the game.
that’s fine but don’t force your will onto others. that is what Manfred wants Trout to do. to think his way by publicly shaming Trout for being himself.
Forcing his will? Shaming? A strange idea considering he has the power to do neither. Maybe you shouldn’t jump overboard without a life preserver.
You don’t have to like Manfred or even the job he’s expected to do, but it does help at least a little to understand it.
Mike Trout isn’t “marketing his brand” because shameless self promotion is an embarrassing, disrespectful practice only done by people who lack any kind of humility or perspective.
People with self respect and respect for others let their deeds do the “marketing”. So keep it up, Mike Trout. Donald Trump and Paris Hilton aren’t who you want to emulate.
Quiet leadership and achievement always has, and always will be, more impressive than desperate bragging and attention seeking, and this clown Manfred clearly has no idea what the average, hard working American finds worthy of admiration and support….or he wouldn’t suggest that you treat us as marks in the cheap, corny mass marketing schemes he and his sleazy salesmen think up.
It sounds to me like Manfred wants Trout to do his job for him. It also seems like he can’t fathom someone who isn’t egotistical and greedy and is ironically questioning the superior qualities and values of the one he wants to promote, not realizing that those are the very things that make him worth promoting.
worst thing a person can do is be something they are not. I guess lead by example doesn’t hold any weight anymore.
I get it. Manfred wants Trout to represent MLB but you just can’t force players into your mold. it just doesn’t work that way. after so many years of having poisonous personalities represent MLB you’d think the commissioner would be elated one of the best players keeps his nose clean, puts up solid to great numbers and is a good person.
he just wants to go out there, have fun while not bringing too much attention to himself. I guess its hard for business owners to see that when all they can see is dollar signs.
Artie Moreno! Time to tell the comish to shut up!
Trout is an “Hall of Famer”. Manfred, he’s a lawyer. Loyalty is something Manfred will never understand.
The main problem with his “marketing” is that he plays for a team that nobody outside its own market cares about.
Manfred is a baseball guy who is about money. Trout is a baseball guy who is about baseball.
That’s pretty much it.
Rediculous for the commissioner to bring this up unless a contract provision is being violated. Too bad there aren’t more players like Trout, on and off the field.
Rob Manfred’s contribution to the game is trying to change rules to speed up the game. He has failed at that.
Manfred is a rich fanboy. Not a baseball man. His interactions with media is suspect at best. Although he is not fit to be commissioner he is not going anywhere. Fans will have to put up with more unnecessary changes, nonsense tinkering and shenanigans like this involving Trout. This is the new normal unless we decide we want Manfred gone.
Manfred is a piece of shut. Adam Silver on Steroids. Trout has every right to lead a peaceful and humble private life. I’d rather see kids look up to Trout than 99% of the other players. Just follow the money.
This is why you usually see GMs, the commissioners office, and even players give canned, generic responses to interview questions 95% of the time. As soon as a little bit of honesty pokes through a discussion, people lose their minds.
The comments were a little shocking, but nothing that I think the average person wouldn’t agree with upon some basic analysis. Trout isn’t LeBron, he’s not Ronaldo, he’s not Brady or any other personality at the top of their respective sport. Imagine if Harper had Trout’s numbers, how much easier it would be to market someone who WANTS to be identified as the greatest and has a showman’s personality to boot.
Probably wasn’t a real need to come out with those quotes, but also no reason to freak out about them like he said something most serious baseball fans haven’t at least considered – “would baseball have more appeal to the casual fan at the national level it’s far-and-away best player has a superstar personality, like in most other sports?”
Trout just wants to play baseball. Sounds good to me
So Manfred says Trout is as marketable for MLB as…a dead fish? Sounds about right.
Really sick of MLB network ignoring Trout though, Manfred could ask them to feature him more instead of pushing the “Baez is the most exciting player in the game” narrative down our throats. No, Baez is not more exciting than Trout under ANY circumstances (thing I literally saw on that trash network). Baez does stupid risky low baseball IQ plays that barely ever work but when they do MLB’s own network acts like he’s the second coming while totally ignoring Trout because he plays on a west coast team – and that’s literally all this is about, really. The “national” MLB media is mostly NYC and Boston, and Chicago and that’s not where Trout plays.
Now this is the definition of fake news people.
Completely bizarre. You have someone who is on the path to arguably an inner-circle Hall of Fame career, he hasn’t a smudge on him, and you openly pick a fight? There’s got to be more here that we aren’t being told.
Mike Trout lets his actions do his talking. He doesn’t try to portray himself as anything that he is not. He’s real. Its a shame that the multitude of mindless sports celebrities “market” themselves as experts of anything from World Leader to the inventor of the Cure for Cancer. Its even more of a shame that many people believe that they are.
I absolutely love Mike Trout and the way he conducts himself.
I’ll give him the highest praise I possibly can…he’s the Sidney Crosby of baseball. He’s interested in being the best and nothing else.
Pffft Crosby is the biggest wuss in sports.
You’d still be crying in the fetal position if you took even one of the hits he has…
But do go on with your typing, Champ.
While they can be seen as head-scratching comments when you consider the player and person Trout is, I don’t think Manfred really meant it as a criticism, just an explanation when asked a question.
It’s like when your boss asks why you’re late, you tell him you slept through the alarm. It’s not an excuse, just an explanation. Someone asked why baseball stars aren’t at the same level as the likes of LeBron, or Tom Brady, and what “player branding” really needs– so he answered, and used Trout as an example.
I think he probably should have framed it differently in hindsight, maybe added a bit more of a respectful note to it, but in a vacuum there is nothing wrong with what he said.
If it weren’t for this article and the controversy it became, I’d have never inferred it as a criticism of Trout.
But the truth is, he has a point. Why do you think Jeter was the face of baseball? Not just because he was a great player, not just because he was squeaky clean, but because he WANTED to be.
the main problem is Manfred is the commissioner of baseball and he is the one every single media reporter follows and anything that comes out of his mouth will get around fast and quick. this isn’t some random person saying this about someone’s life and how they choose to run it, its about an authority figure in charge of MLB saying it about his best player to the media. sometimes canned, generic answers is the best way to go when you are in the position Manfred is in. the point is if I said that about some random stranger about his or her life and how they live it and what I expect because that’s how I was raised, I’d either get flipped off or punched in the face.
lets not make this out to be no big deal here. this is the commissioner of baseball talking about his superstar’s personal life and how Trout goes about living it.
And Trout doesn’t want to be. Regardless, Manfred needed to make these comments privately to Trout. The game has enough issues without the commish calling out the best player in the game for not be exciting enough.
Hmmm, maybe because Jeter played for the most famous sports team in America and was in the playoffs every single year?
You actually think if Trout was a Yankee he wouldn’t be the face of baseball and 1000 times more recognizable?
Whether he wanted it or not.
So when a generational talent lives a flashy public lifestyle hes lambasted for wanting attention, being a thug, etc. When he just wants to stay at home in his free time and look at clouds the commissioner of his sport calls him boring. Okay then. Manfred is lucky Trout just wants to play the game and make his millions because he could have ended his career…
During this past week I have developed a great amount of respect for Mike Trout, not just as a baseball player. Play on, sir…
Whine and cry on this site all you want about Manfred but he was totally on point. Mad dog was on ESPN this morning and the group on Get-Up all agreed that baseball is always the third to be discussed on sports programs. Where the NFL has had it’s problems the last few years but it still remains the topic of national conscious when it comes to sports topics. Just take a look at the last week in the sports headlines the Machado trade paled in comparison to the Kawhi Leonard trade. Russo even talked about as a sports personality you would think he could get his teenage boys more interested in baseball but their way more into College Football, the NFL, and the NBA more then anything. The All-Star game got beat in the ratings by America’s Got Talent..America’s Got Talent people.
I wouldn’t go but what ESPN discusses, lol.
All they care about is basketball and liberal politics.
Havent you seen their ratings plummet the last 5 years?
Despite as you say “Haven’t you seen their ratings plummet the last 5 years” they are still the most watched sports entity in the world. They’re are not just about “basketball and liberal politics” the NFL is their bread and butter, besides those two things are what stir the country the most. In my post I stated Maddog and the rest on he show saying all sports programs, that would include all networks..besides MLB of course. Please provide the link showing how much “plummeting” is, because their ad revenue increased substantially last quarter. People on here love to hate ESPN because they don’t cover very much baseball, there’s a reason for that it’s called interest or lack there of.
The “Babe” was “very proud “ of his fWAR and bWAR all time records!!! He didn’t care at all about the 714 HR’s or any of his other meaningless “counting stats”….he ONLY cared about his WAR in all of its various forms!!!
What would Roger Maris’ reaction been if a commissioner had addressed him as Manfred did Trout? It’s too bad there aren’t more Mike Trouts out there.
Trout’s the best player in the game and a great guy. The fact that he’s low key about those things is a nice change of pace from the brashness of a guy like Harper.
The problem I have with him calling the guy out is knowing that Trout will only have a small sample size of his desires for the game, being realized. The powers that be, only do this when they’re NOT making more money than they really need or want. And it’s important to the owners that the best player in the game, isn’t allowed to “run his ship” the way he wants to. Why?…because if he’s allowed to “come and go” as he pleases, basically it’s a bad reflection on them.
If finding a player to be the face of the game is so importto then, then they should move on from Mike and go to Stanton, or Machado or another accomplished guy, who isn’t blonde and blue eyed. But they’re NOT going to do that.
Typical media hit job. They ask Manfred why Trout isn’t a big celebrity; when he says Trout doesn’t really want to be a celebrity (which is true), they report it as if Manfred just came out with this on his own, “calling out” Trout.
And everyone slurps it up.
Manfred should worry about marketing himself
Good job, good effort, Manfred! Under your “leadership’ MLB has become an arm of American imperialism and militarism, and turned baseball from the national pastime to the nationalistic pastime. No amount of your vapid plea for marketing would induce me to invest in your twisted version of the sport – thanks for ruining, at least for me, a great game, with your capitulation to power and authority. Your vision doesn’t even reach the end of your nose. Instead of promoting baseball for its international appeal and bucking the corporate-owned and -operated elements of the game, you’re all in on the mindless promotion of violence and militarism. You’re sick.
I’m just glad Mike Trout isn’t as soft as some of these commenters. It’s not that serious.
Why??? Why would a Commissioner of Baseball even make a statement that a major league superstar should market himself for the benefit of MLB. In my opinion, from what I’ve witnessed and read, he already is a great ambassador for baseball. As for the Commissioner’s reasoning about marketing Trout for additional money is certainly questionable at the least. His playing stats alone that he consistently puts up year after year speaks for his own promotion. Without having to say or do anything but play baseball, he set a market for Angels jerseys, gloves, hats etc. for the Angles and the league. What more does the commissioner want? Blood donation???
Mike Trout will get a huge welcome when he reports to the Phillies in 2021 as their newest free agent acquisition. It’s a match that’s destined to happen! Trout and Carson Wentz will own Philadelphia!
Manfred is not good for baseball. ideas like a pitch clock to adding a runner at 2nd in extra innings. And now comments about Trout. Manfred needs to be let go.
Mike Trout is one of my favorite players because I love fishing, crabbing, and the weather myself. I’d love to see more of him but not in a traditional manner but I’d like to see a Mike Trout YouTube channel or something. He can continue to do what he loves in the offseason while making his brand higher profiled. By his comments though he could give a damn which is fine by me.
Thank god baseball’s best player isn’t trying to turn himself into a Kardashian! One more thing that makes baseball better than other sports. Trout is an amazing player, a good person, a non-felon, shows up for his team, shows up for kids, shows up for charity, shows up for MLB, and shows up for his family. Manfred should count his blessings (would he prefer to have NFL’s player problems?), thank Mike Trout, and then leave him alone.
Educate yourself on what the NFL and NBA players do for their communities because it far exceeds what MLB players do. The majority of America disagrees on your assessment of baseball being “better than other sports”. By the way baseball has plenty of its own problems.