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A look at the 10 MLB Commissioners and how the role has changed over time, part 1

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is a polarizing figure in baseball. While he’s undoubtedly pleased his bosses — team owners — most fans detest him.

I’ve stated here on a number of occasions that I think Manfred doesn’t really like baseball. I want to take the opportunity here to clarify that. Obviously, getting into Manfred’s head about whether he does or doesn’t like the sport is impossible. What I think seems clear is that he doesn’t understand the modern baseball fan. At the news conference he held announcing that some 2022 regular season games would be cancelled, Manfred said:

“The concern about our fans is at the very top of our consideration list.