New Baseball Commish Wants to Play Ball with Cuba

 

PitcherFidelAccording to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal, new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred wants to schedule a Spring Training game in Cuba in 2016.

“To the extent that we can play a role in helping the United States government effectuate a change in policy, that we’re following their lead and we’re acting in a way that’s consistent with what they want us to do, that’s an honor for us,” Manfred is quoted as saying.

There are those in the U.S. government — Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to name two — who may differ. So may many of the major league players, coaches, and managers who have had direct experience on what President Kennedy called “that imprisoned island” — still an accurate description.

There are a few southpaws among the owners in MLB — Peter Angelos of the Orioles, for instance — who may want to go along with this scheme. I hope that others will voice strong objections.

MLB should not thrust itself into the Obama foreign policy quagmire, especially not during the heart of the 2016 presidential primary season. Doesn’t The Great Game deserve better?

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  1. John H. Member
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    “Effectuate”?

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  2. The Reticulator Member
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    Separation of sports and state, please.

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  3. Percival Thatcher
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    He hasn’t held the job two whole months, and already Little Robby Manfred is making Bud Selig look like Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

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  4. Ricochet Member
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    @EustaceCScrubb

    Perhaps the families of players can come along on trips to the states. If there are some good prospects that defect to my Oakland A’s, this might not be all bad.

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  5. Jim Kearney Contributor
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    Eustace C. Scrubb:Perhaps the families of players can come along on trips to the states. If there are some good prospects that defect to my Oakland A’s, this might not be all bad.

    Unlikely the players’ families will get a chance to escape. If the Berlin Wall had been ninety miles of water, there might still be two Germanies. Only way anyone gets to leave is if Orioles sign Fidel as pitching coach.

    Percival:He hasn’t held the job two whole months, and already Little Robby Manfred is making Bud Selig look like Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

    Yes, I was wondering what Bud Selig might think of this. And whether he regrets quitting. Worst succession plan for a popentate since Benedict XVI?

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  6. Jim Kearney Contributor
    Jim Kearney
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    Also on Commissioner Manfred’s desk: the Pete Rose case. Christopher Caldwell in The Wall Street Journal argues that the time has come to forgive Rose, and welcome him back into baseball.

    Caldwell’s arguments include: there are admitted steroid users working in baseball; legalized gambling and casino promotion are no longer verboten in sports; plus Charlie Hustle was, on the field, something of a moral paragon in the way he played the game. And after all, he was betting for his own team, not against them.

    About twenty months from now President Obama will probably be working up a pardon list for people who’ve done much worse things than Rose. Shouldn’t an act of clemency for baseball’s own Pete Rose be a higher priority than making up with those other Reds in Cuba?

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  7. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    I liked Pete Rose as a player. I say he stays out: he broke The One Big Rule, and for that there really is no excuse.

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