Quote of the Day: Rob Manfred doesn’t like to bluff

Rob Manfred

Rob Manfred is speaking at the Sloan Analytics Conference today. This raised my brow a bit:

Oh, that’s not entirely true. From 2001:

Major League Baseball will move ahead with its plan to eliminate two teams next season after negotiations with the players’ union about delaying contraction until 2003 broke down Wednesday night . . . Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president for labor relations, said, ”They agreed not to contest contraction in certain circumstances, but we got hung up on defining the circumstances, and they just got narrow enough that we felt we were getting away from our fundamental position that we have the right to contract.”

Contraction, of course, was a GIGANTIC bluff on the part of Major League Baseball in the runup to the last acrimonious Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiation in 2002. The vote to contract came, not accidentally, one DAY before the expiration of the old CBA and was roundly viewed by observers as an effort to gain negotiating leverage. And, of course, it was then and remains now a totally impractical “solution” to what was even then an imaginary problem, as we have detailed here many, many times before.

Of course, Manfred was just an employee of Major League Baseball then, not its commissioner. But as the commissioner he works for the owners now just as he did, indirectly, then. If they want to bluff the players or the public or the government or the media or anyone else at some point in the future, Manfred will do so or else he’ll find himself out of a job. Beliefs notwithstanding.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.