MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's statements on the Houston Astros cheating scandal this weekend did not go over well with the fans and players of 29 other teams. Hot takes and strong opinions have poured in since his ESPN interview, and Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Justin Turner decided that he needed to give Rob Manfred a piece of his mind.
According to Jorge Castillo of the LA Times, Turner ripped Manfred for some of his comments about the scandal. For starters, Turner said that Manfred's handling of the issue has "set a weak precedent" for the rest of baseball.
Turner also complained that the argument about "not knowing the facts" falls on deaf ears. He felt that Manfred "didn't do a good job of revealing all the facts."
But Turner saved his strongest feelings for Manfred's statement on the World Series trophy. The Dodgers third baseman made it clear that he feels Manfred "devalued" the trophy by referring to it as a piece of metal.
He declared that the only thing "devaluing" the title is that the trophy has the word 'Commissioner' on it."
"For him to devalue it the way he did yesterday just tells me how out of touch he is with the players in this game. At this point the only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says 'commissioner' on it."
Turner and the Dodgers were on the losing end of the 2017 World Series. They lost the series in seven games.
But in the wake of the cheating scandal, many Dodgers fans feel that Houston deserves to be stripped of their title. (Deep down, they probably wish Major League Baseball would retroactively name them champions.)
But Manfred has made it fairly clear that no new punishments are forthcoming. For all intents and purposes, the Astros are getting away with it.
Do you agree with Justin Turner's assessment of Rob Manfred?