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Sport 'Not a fan of the guy': Bauer defends his criticism of MLB Commissioner Manfred

03:15  15 february  2020
03:15  15 february  2020 Source:   cincinnati.com

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Bauer wrote on Twitter that Manfred was “a joke" and didn’t have a clue about baseball. Bauer said Friday afternoon that he hadn’t heard from MLB.

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“No, what are they going to say? It’s the truth,” Bauer said. “Oh, you’re going to get mad that I called the commissioner a joke when he lied to my face the first time we met each other. It was like, whatever. You want to be mad, just (expletive) come talk to me face-to-face. Let’s sit down and have an open, honest conversation.”

Bauer says when he met Manfred in 2014, he asked the commissioner why the length of the game was important. Manfred said it was a fan issue.

“No, it’s not. It’s a TV issue, which is fine,” Bauer said. “Everyone makes more money if the TVs are happy. Just tell me. Don’t say that it’s going to be open and honest and then lie to my face. If you want to have an open conversation and you actually want to discuss some stuff, if you actually care about the game and the industry that you’re presiding over and that you’re supposed to be running, and you think I have something valuable or you’re mad at me or something like that, then come talk to me. He can find me. What’s he going to be mad about? The truth?

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“No fan gives a (expletive) if the game is 3 hours, 1 minute or 2 hours, 59 minutes. You think I’m stupid? I don’t know. Not a fan of the guy with how he’s chosen to run the league, some of the constant focus on changing the game itself.”

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Bauer says he has a problem with the way MLB presents the sport. He says it’s hard to access games on TV or online with blackout restrictions. He says TV announcers are too negative toward players and the sport.

“You have announcers that are supposed to be working on behalf of the league to promote the game and then televise it and stuff like that, just (speaking negatively) on it non-stop,” Bauer said. “‘The product is so bad. The players strike out too much.’ It’s all this negative crap. Then on top of that, you don’t allow the players to have any personality at all.

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“That’s systematic. You get taught in the minor leagues, don’t bat flip. Don’t show emotion. If you say one thing in the media, the media director is like, ‘hey, maybe we shouldn’t. Let me teach you how to say something without saying anything.’ So, you suck all the personality out of what, 40, 50, how many jerseys are in here?”

Bauer credits the NBA for the way it has highlighted players throughout the league and become one of the most popular sports on social media.

“All the fans are like, 'baseball players don’t have personalities,' ” Bauer said. “None of them have been in the clubhouse. How much personality do you see in here? How many things would just be absolutely hilarious that you look at and you’re like, ‘Holy (expletive), that’s frickin' funny that nobody gets to see.’ There’s that problem and then you want to change the product itself instead of, like, let’s just re-package it. Let’s open it up.

“The product is great. We have a good product. We have the best group of players the game has ever had, the most talented, the fastest, the most athletic. Just the packaging is terrible. It’s so bad.”

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With some of the new rules that have entered the sport, as Manfred tries to improve the league's pace of play, Bauer says fans and players should be included more often.

"Where is the polling that’s like, 'what do the fans want?' " Bauer said. "Why don’t we just take a poll and say, 'fans, what do you want to see?' When you make rule changes, let’s involve the fans, the players, everybody and take a vote. If it doesn’t pass with 70% or whatever percentage, there doesn’t need to be a rule change.

"Maybe, they’ve done polling and we don’t know about it. I don’t know. It sure seems like it’s trying to solve the problem of, 'OK, how do we make more money?' Which is fine. Again, everyone makes more money if the league makes more money. But, like, don’t just make changes to make changes."

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Not a fan of the guy': Trevor Bauer defends his criticism of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

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