Commissioner Hears From Players After Diminishing Trophy

Rob Manfred had referred to World Series trophy as a 'piece of metal'
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2020 6:45 PM CST
World Series Trophy Is More Than a 'Piece of Metal,' Players Tell MLB Boss
Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in December.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Facing an uprising over his handling of baseball's cheating scandal, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred didn't help himself when he referred to the World Series trophy as a "piece of metal" in an interview. "I don't know if the commissioner has ever won anything in his life,” the Dodgers' Justin Turner said in the locker room Monday. "But the reason every guy's in this room, the reason every guy is working out all offseason, and showing up to camp early and putting in all the time and effort is specifically for that trophy, which, by the way, is called the Commissioner’s Trophy." Turner is among the players who say the Houston Astros should have their title taken away from them, the Los Angeles Times reports, because they stole signs. Manfred dismissed that possibility; the Astros are keeping the trophy. "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," Turner said. "At this point the only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says 'Commissioner' on it."

Turner wasn't alone. "I just can't believe how out of touch that is," said Sean Doolittle, whose Washington Nationals won the trophy last season. "You're the steward of this game. That's a really special thing. It's an iconic symbol of our game." Joe Musgrove, a member of the 2017 Astros, said he understands why players are upset about the comments by Manfred, who is scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday, about the trophy, per the AP. "They don't just hand those out; there's a lot of work that goes into getting one of those," Musgrove said. Doolittle discussed the emotion of winning the World Series trophy. "There were tears, man," he said. "We saw how much that 'piece of metal' meant to the fans, going up and down the streets of DC. We all know what it means to guys who have spent their whole career in the league, grinding, and they finally got to hold that thing." (Read more MLB stories.)

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