Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children.
The marquee name at the Boston College Chief Executives Luncheon at the Boston Harbor Hotel yesterday, Manfred answered questions posed by Red Sox president Sam Kennedy for 40 minutes.
Kennedy broached the topic of baseball labor, and Manfred tried to put the relationship between owners and players in terms everyone could understand.
“You’re stuck,” Manfred said. “It’s like being married. You’re there for better or for worse, and you have to figure out a way to get along.”
Oh, boy. He didn’t mean to say he felt stuck. Oh, never mind. He can explain his way out of it. He doesn’t need my help.
Anyway, he continued: “So in our current situation, I think that the players are frustrated by certain developments they have seen under this agreement.”
The frustration began to thaw when free agents Manny Machado (10 years, $300 million, Padres) and Bryce Harper (13 years, $330 million, Phillies) finally signed. Former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel and ex-Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel remain on the market.