Journalist fired by MLB Network blames commissioner Manfred for ‘jeopardizing’ season

At the beginning of the year, it was announced that the prominent journalist from The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal, had been censored and fired from his position as a correspondent in the chain MLB Network for criticizing Commissioner Rob Manfred, and his handling of the crisis that occurred in 2020 during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, where there was a risk that there would be no Major League season. Now, free from his bonds and with a firm pene, Rosenthal returned to the charge against Manfred.

In a recent column of his in The Athletic, Rosenthal hammered the owners and Commissioner Manfred with everything, since the work stoppage was their fault, and urged them to recognize that the financial balance is heavily tilted on their side, so the The demands of the players are at least fair.

This is not a time for a “both sides” discussion. Owners need to recognize that the economics of the game have been skewed unduly on their side, and the competitive integrity of the sport is heavily compromised by teams’ refusal to invest in their products. Manfred initiated the walkout, which at the time was rightly criticized as “a defensive move” and a platform for bargaining, when in fact it took 43 days for the league to make its first formal offer to the union on financial issues.

And in reality, Rosenthal has the data in hand to assert that players are losing value in their work as baseball workers, since the average salary in MLB has fallen by 6.4% since 2017, while the average salary has dropped to by 30% in the same period of time.

On the other hand, of the 902 players who started on the 2021 Opening Day rosters, 62% (417 in total) had a salary of less than one million dollars and 35% (316 in total) earned less than 600 thousand dollars. .

Gabriel Delgado

I started as a rookie at Al Bat in early 2018 and am in my third season covering Major League Baseball as a web reporter. I’m a fan of the San Francisco Giants, number one defender of Barry Bonds, and hater of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña are the future of baseball, Mike Trout is overrated, and the Astros deserved to have the World Series taken from them for their cheating. Besides baseball, I also enjoy football, flag football, basketball, and just about any other game that involves a ball or ball. I’m also an amateur musician, a penniless gamer and very nerdy. Graduated in journalism from the University of Guadalajara, I graduated in 2017. Born in the world capital of shrimp, Escuinapa, Sinaloa. I lived for a while in Australia; I survived giant spiders, tasmanian devils and fought a kangaroo and didn’t die trying.

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Journalist fired by MLB Network blames commissioner Manfred for ‘jeopardizing’ season