Rob Manfred wasn’t yet commissioner when Alex Rodriguez was investigated and then suspended in the Biogenesis matter, but he was certainly A-Rod’s primary investigator, accuser and, ultimately, the enforcer. Bud Selig presided over everything, but the entire affair was a definitely a Manfred vs. A-Rod battle royale.
Now, a week after what may very well have been Alex Rodriguez’s final game, Manfred is striking a distinctly non-adversarial tone about the whole affair:
“God has been kind to me: I have a very short memory,” Manfred said, chuckling. “When I think about Alex, I have to tell you, I really don’t think about three years ago. I think about how positive he was about re-entering the game. The extensive effort that he went through to make that re-entry positive. The fact that he performed amazingly well last year.
“ …I’m always glad, Alex or any other player, to see a player go out on a positive note.”
It’s a lot easier to be graceful like that when you clearly prevailed in the acrimony, but Manfred’s comments were nonetheless generous and gracious.
Baseball has had a lot of guys get slammed for PED use and will continue to have them get caught up in that mess in the future. It’d be way better if folks took Manfred’s approach to all of this — punish, but then forgive and then move on and look at the bigger picture — rather than do the whole Scarlet Letter thing like we’ve done with Bonds, Clemens, Plameiro, Sosa and their contemporaries.