Tuesday's Mashup: Fans, players react to Manfred's MLB news

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Hungry for a great week? OK, good luck picking three.

Pick 3.I’m taking 8, 17 and 26. pic.twitter.com/CPUSbh1XHq

— Savage Boston Sports ------ (@SavageBoston) June 10, 2020


2019: Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins - 8 p.m., NFL Network

Any football > no footballEspecially duirng a pandemic and live-sports blackout like this.


Monday afternoon MLB commissioner recanted on his previous statement where he said he had a 100% feeling that there would be major league baseball this year. Now, due to a further stalemate between owners and players Manfred has changed his tune, saying he has doubts as to whether or not there would be a season at all. Manfred even appeared on ESPN's "The Return of Sports" special Monday night to double down n the doomsday vibes.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred called the league's current situation "a disaster." pic.twitter.com/rSmVtVoV2Q

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 16, 2020

Doesn't help that documents leaked out Monday reveal several MLB players and coaches have tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

Whichever side of the argument you land on, truth is this is a shame of epic avoidable proportions. Ownership may have a point that they're losing money hand over mitt. And the players also can contractually claim they're not being dealt with in good faith, especially with a Collective Bargaining Agreement looming. I just can't see the average fan, desperate for sports, a diversion, some inspiration and distraction this year, relating to either side. This was baseball's chance to reclaim sone sports spotlight, show people that a sport whose average fan age is in the late 50's isn't just your grandfather's game anymore. They could have beat every other sports back to the national spotlight, and shone so brightly. Instead we're all ringing the shame bell as the rich argue about fairness in the face of getting richer. SHAME BELL FOR ALL.

SHAME. SHAME. SHAME. ----SHAME. SHAME. SHAME. ----SHAME. SHAME. SHAME. ---- #GameofThrones #GoTFinale#ShameOfThroneshttps://t.co/s03bsgmBtc

— The Bell Nun (@ShameBell) July 29, 2015

But the shame bell seems to ring loudest for ownership. Shortly after Manfred's comments fans, players and media all chimed in with their feelings, one way or the other, on the subject. This Just In: nobody was happy. Like former Sox first baseman, Kevin Youkilis.

This is what happens when you allow people to be placed in powerful positions that don’t love the game of baseball. This is a slap in the face to the people that have dedicated their lives to make baseball special. Never been so disappointed in @MLB.

— Kevin Youkilis (@GreekGodOfHops) June 15, 2020

WEEI's Rich Keefe saw baseball's contractual ineptitude as an opprtunity for another sport on the outside looking in...

The “Big 4” has an opening. Who should join the NFL, NBA and NHL?

— Rich Keefe (@Keefe21) June 15, 2020

Radio.com's Jon Heyman, always with his finger on the baseball (weakening) pulse.

Manfred admits on ESPN this has been “a disaster” in terms of optics for MLB. That’s something we can all agree on.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 15, 2020

Baseball insider Jared Diamond nailed the shocking turnabout in just one sweet tweet.

Manfred: There will be 100% be a season!Players: Tell us when and where!Manfred: There might not be a season actually.That happened between Wednesday and today.

— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) June 15, 2020

With confidence in MLB commissioner Rob Manfred at an all-time low, one fan offered a "What if" that left us thinking for one extreme minute...

Vince McMahon took the wrong route. XLB.

— Pinecone Esq. (@akaPinecone) June 16, 2020

And some current players weren't having it at all, like former Sox infielder Travis Shaw

Every day somehow continues to get worse. MLB should be embarrassed... everyone involved. Im embarrassed. This is a joke

— Travis Shaw (@travis_shaw21) June 15, 2020

Cubs infielder Jason Kipnis is all set with Manfred.

Dear Adam Silver,... you up?- MLB Players

— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) June 15, 2020

And perhaps nobody went for the jugular like outspoken Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer.

So, Rob, explain to us how you can be 100% sure that there’s going to be baseball but not confident there will be baseball at the same time? hmmm. What changed between those statements ---- Players told you to set the season, but it’s too early to set the season right now,

— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) June 15, 2020

Whatever happens, and whoever resolves or dissolves it, the average fan will never relate, nor possibly understand what's going on in this rich man's battle. Nor should they have to. C'mon now, MLB - play ball. Or pack it up and say, "It was a good run."


Today is the day Tampa Bay first unveils officially the image of Tom Brady in a Buccaneers jersey. By now you've likely seen dozens of fan mockups. Now it's real. Well, it's been real for months. Still gonna be a little gross seeing Brady in any other jersey. Ah, who we kidding? 2020 has robbed us of all of our feelings by now, anyway.

Tomorrow https://t.co/e94xxjLZ48

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) June 15, 2020


I don't know what the internet robots have been watching that lead their algorithm to place this on my YouTube homepage, but I'm awfully glad. Because it's a heck of a mashup, which is what we're here for. Plus I'm a sucker for good Batman content of any kind.


Happy work anniversary to Cam Neely, who was named President of the Boston Bruins ten years ago today. Been an excellent tenure as an executive, much like his playing days; three Finals, one Cup raised. Let's hope he's celebrating with his a drink from his second Stanley Cup in a few months.