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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Apologizes For "Disrespectful" Comment

A closeup of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred speaks to the media prior to Game Three of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on October 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred dug a pretty deep hole for himself by referring to the World Series trophy as "a piece of metal." That comment immediately sparked outrage from well-respected players around the league.

To say that baseball fans are unhappy with how Manfred has handled the Houston Astros' cheating scandal would be an understatement. Many have criticized him and even called for his job over the past few days.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester took a shot at Manfred on Tuesday for how he spoke about the World Series trophy. Fast forward a few hours later, and the MLB commissioner finally apologized for making those remarks.

"In an effort to make a rhetorical point I referred to the World Series trophy in a disrespectful way," Manfred said. "It was a mistake to say what I said."

Not only are MLB players expressing their frustration with Manfred, as LeBron James went on Twitter to share his thoughts on this topic.

"Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do," James wrote on Twitter. "Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball is in your court (or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports!”

Manfred has ways to go before he's seen in good light, but apologizing for his "piece of metal" comment is a solid start.