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Throughout stints with 14 different major league teams as a player, coach or manager, Don's reputation as a gentleman always preceded him.feedback
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Aug 07 2017
Rob Manfred has been quoted in 49 different articles. Most recently, Rob Manfred has been quoted saying, “One of the things we always like to see in an ownership group is deep, deep roots in the community. I'm not concerned with anybody's particular political beliefs.” in an article called Ties to Cuba Enhance and Entangle Jorge Mas’s Marlins Bid. This is only one of 109 quotes from Rob Manfred. To see more examples Rob Manfred’s views and opinions, check out the section below. You can filter Rob Manfred's quotes by date and by topic to see, for example, what Rob Manfred said about Astros recently and in the past.
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Jul 11 2017

I actually really like the game, O.K., let me be clear about that. I think the question is not what I like. I think the issue is what do fans want to see? And I think that our research suggests that the home run is actually a popular play in baseball.feedback

Jul 11 2017

Where it gets troubling, from a fan perspective, is tons and tons of strikeouts, no action, lots of pitching changes. That combination is troubling to me.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - Olympic Games

I can't imagine a situation where we would take the kind of break that would be necessary to have our best players in the Olympics. As a result of that, we feel the WBC is crucial as a substitute, a premiere international tournament that allows our players to play for their countries.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - Mexico

Once they're done, I think we have some great candidates. I know the mayor of Montreal has been very vocal about bringing baseball back to Montreal. It was not great when the Expos left. The fact of the matter was baseball was successful in Montreal for a very long time. Charlotte is a possibility. And I would like to think that Mexico City or some place in Mexico would be another possibility.feedback

Jun 12 2017

If there's ever a young man who could live up to a Sports Illustrated cover at age 17, I think Hunter's that young man.feedback

Jun 07 2017

I think we continue to struggle with dead time in the game. We're having and will continue to have conversations with the MLBPA about some rule changes that we feel would help us improve on the topic of pace of play.feedback

May 26 2017

Among the various items that I was given as a gift when I was elected was people at Fox sent me a Simpsons cartoon with me as part of it. ... so I do know a little something about the Simpsons.feedback

May 25 2017

The big issue seems to be how to run the cables that would hold up the netting.feedback

May 18 2017

We'd love to have a new system in place for the signing season 2017-2018.feedback

May 18 2017

It is something we'd really like to do in 2019. We do think it's time. Whether it's 2019 or shortly thereafter that we play in Europe. We reviewed with the owners today injury data from the WBC. Over time, including this last year, there is no statistical difference between injury rates for players that participated in the WBC and those that don't. We've probably gone backwards a little bit. I've had extensive conversations with (Players Association chief) Tony Clark about putting a series of meetings together to try and advance the ball on the pace of game issues.feedback

May 18 2017

There are things that can be done to try and improve on the pace-of-game time. We will continue to pursue that agenda.feedback

May 18 2017

This is not a trend we are seeing with other team sports.feedback

May 18 2017

We were made aware of an allegation along the lines of what you've described, and we're in the process of trying to gather the facts as a prelude to determine whether and what discipline is appropriate.feedback

May 18 2017

The Competition Committee includes some of the best minds in our game, from a variety of positions and perspectives. The conversations with this group will be rooted in respect for the qualities that make baseball unique and a willingness to consider ways in which we can make the game even better.feedback

May 18 2017

We need to let that process play out.feedback

May 18 2017

We've probably gone backwards a little bit. We've had extensive conversations with Tony about a process for putting a series of meetings together to try to advance the ball on the pace-of-game issues. We remain committed to the idea ... there are things that can be done to try to improve on the pace-of-game topic. And we will continue to purse that agenda with Tony over the course of the season.feedback

May 18 2017

There are two bidders, at least, for the franchise. The bidders are in relatively the same place in terms of price, maybe minuscule differences, and they are in fact in the price range that Mr. Loria was looking for.feedback

May 18 2017

The process is moving forward. It's really between the Marlins and the bidders. At this point, two things need to happen. There needs to be a solidified financial structure presented to us so that we're sure that we actually have a transaction that can move ahead, and there are certain documents, the most important of which are a purchase and sale agreement that need to be negotiated between the buyer and the seller. And we'll be ready to process the transaction when those two things are completed.feedback

May 18 2017

We're in the process of trying to gather the facts as a prelude to determine whether and what discipline's appropriate.feedback

May 18 2017

The competition committee was restructured to put us in a position that we had a more diverse group of people giving us input on various changes we've been talking about.feedback

May 18 2017

The players can do one of two things. They can go to spring training and do what they do in all non-W.B.C. years, or they can participate in the event. They are two different things. But the fact that you do different things does not seem to result in a different rate of injury.feedback

May 18 2017

There are maybe minuscule differences. I'd have to acknowledge a lack of progress at least on time of game, if not pace of game. As a matter of fact, we've probably gone backwards a little bit. You can pick out individual players who were injured in the W.B.C., but if you look at the body of players, the rate of injury for those who participate is not significantly statistically different from those who did not participate.feedback

May 14 2017

Steve Palermo was a great umpire, a gifted communicator and a widely respected baseball official, known in our sport for his leadership and courage. He had an exceptional impact on both his fellow Major League Umpires and baseball fans, who benefited from his ability to explain the rules of our game.feedback

May 05 2017

I felt it was different than a normal 'I hit your guy, you hit my guy'. As a matter of fact, it had persisted so long it was hard to trace back who had hit who when, whose turn it was.feedback

May 05 2017

My strong preference consistent with baseball's long tradition is to keep our franchises in the markets where they currently play.feedback

May 05 2017 - Mexico

We want to make sure that we know exactly what the clubs are doing before we start recommending changes. We're in the process of gathering information right now. It would open up an opportunity not only in Mexico but with the Mexican-Americans in the United States. It's something we are focused on and very interested in.feedback

May 05 2017

It's a concern of ours because it's a safety issue. We think about things we've done in recent years, catchers, second base sliding rules, safety rules, obviously this is a similar player safety issue.feedback

May 05 2017

Those series where I play Baltimore in Baltimore, maybe have one or two short series, and then I play Baltimore in Boston, you don't have that same cooling-off period. Eighteen, 19 games is a lot of games over the course of a 162-game season. I do think that the proximity of those series can make the problems more serious.feedback

May 02 2017

The racist words and actions directed at Adam Jones at Fenway Park last night are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any of our ballparks. While there was a residue of racism in the game, certainly it wasn't out in the open when I played. I guess this thing with Adam Jones, it makes you well up and get teary-eyed. ... You really feel that way?feedback

May 02 2017

The racist words and actions directed at Adam Jones at Fenway Park last night are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any of our ballparks. My office has been in contact with the Red Sox, and the club has made it clear that they will not tolerate this inexcusable behavior.feedback

Apr 27 2017

We still have two groups involved in the process. Timing is one of the things that both the buyer and the seller are working through, so it's just impossible to say at this point, and I don't want to get into really what the issues are. The only reason I commented on this at all is there had been so much out there that really (is) not quite accurate. We feel that we'll continue to get outstanding coverage of baseball on ESPN. Those conversations have been productive, and when we come to a definitive timeline, believe me, we'll let you know.feedback

Apr 27 2017

There is no agreement in place. We're working with more than one group.feedback

Apr 24 2017

I think it's too early to make a judgment about the success of the new CBA. I also think that while there's a lot of change in the CBT area in terms of the structure and rates and whatnot, there has been a certain cyclical nature to the CBA over time, irrespective of the change, right? Clubs get to a certain point, they step to go younger, they come down.feedback

Apr 14 2017

It is a classic-feeling ballpark. Just had a little tour. Some of the different seating areas in the ballpark, a lot imagination, a lot of options in terms of seating. It's the kind of ballpark that will attract, not only our hardcore fans that really are the backbone of our game, but really people who may not be quite as interested [in baseball], because there are so many options here.feedback

Apr 14 2017

The most exciting thing for me is the number of fans who were here really early and were enjoying the place for a full day. We're off to a great start.feedback

Apr 14 2017

The ballpark itself is beautiful, but I really think the scope of the project itself is a model for baseball. Hats off to [Braves chairman] Terry McGuirk and his team for the fantastic job that they've done here. I do think it's a model for other organizations. You know, we asked our fans to do a lot. They come 81 times a year. You've to make sure you have a venue that is attractive and provides entertainment alternatives, food alternatives. The Braves have done just an unbelievable job with those concepts.feedback

Mar 23 2017

We've had crowds that not only were record-number crowds, but had passion that it's hard to think where you saw something that good the last time. Just really amazing. And best of all, the games on the field have been absolutely unbelievable, compelling. Our players at their best, combined with a little nationalism, has really been a great thing.feedback

Mar 19 2017 - Japan

So, does he take $5 or $6 million for a year and then wait.feedback

Mar 07 2017

I think the key to the WBC's success is to have the best possible rosters we can have. I think we've made real progress this time around. The U.S. [market] is always going to be bigger challenge because people have Major League Baseball here. But the one thing that occurs to me is [that] a good performance by the U.S. team would certainly be helpful to the event here in the U.S.feedback

Mar 07 2017

You know, no matter how you put the event together, there would be a significant number of major league players who would be away from their team. It would alter the competition in what I have already characterized as our every day game. I do not believe that our owners would support some sort of break in our season. Continuity is key to our competition.feedback

Mar 07 2017

This year there was a particular focus on making sure the rosters were as strong as possible. The U.S. squad in particular has a compliment of players that is stronger than what we've seen in the past and that adds to the event. The more we have the best players in the world, the more popular the event is going to be.feedback

Mar 07 2017

The WBC will be broadcast in 182 countries. This will be a $100 million event over this brief less than two-week period. From Day 1, while it was a profitable event from the beginning, it has really grown in terms of its revenue significance and it's popularity around the world.feedback

Mar 06 2017

The U.S. position players, their roster is pretty darn strong. You're never ever going to have every guy. There's going to be some guys who are injured, guys who don't want to play for some reason.feedback

Mar 03 2017

The U.S. is always going to be a bigger challenge. People have Major League Baseball here. During the spring, they have spring training games as well as the W.B.C. But the one thing that occurs to me off the top of my head is a good performance by the United States certainly would be helpful to the event here in the United States.feedback

Mar 03 2017

A key to the W.B.C.'s success is to have the best possible rosters we can have.feedback

Feb 23 2017

While it's imperfect and it can be contentious, we have never found an alternative to cover that year three through year six that was better than what we had and more acceptable to the parties than what we had. And so while not perfect, like many things in life, it's persistent.feedback

Feb 23 2017

The arbitration process is imperfect. But one of the imperfections is it can become contentious at times. I think it's unfortunate when agents take to the press in order to make a case and even more unfortunate when people are forced to respond or feel they need to respond. I don't think that's a positive step for the sport. I think it's better that whatever happens in arbitration stays in the room. It's better for all involved.feedback

Feb 21 2017

Unfortunately it now appears that there really won't be any meaningful change for the 2017 season due to a lack of cooperation from the MLBPA. I've tried to be clear that our game is fundamentally sound, that it does not need to be fixed as some people have suggested, and I think last season was the kind of demonstration of the potential of our league to captivate the nation and of the game's unique place in American culture. I believe it's a mistake to stick our head in the sand and ignore the fact that our game has changed and continues to change.feedback

Feb 21 2017

Two years ago we negotiated pace of play protocols that had an immediate and positive impact. Last year we took a step backward in some ways, and this offseason we've been in regular contact with MLB and with our members to get a better handle on why that happened. I would be surprised if those discussions with MLB don't continue, notwithstanding today's comments about implementation. As I've said, fundamental changes to the game are going to be an uphill battle, but the lines of communication should remain open.feedback

Feb 21 2017

I don't think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city.feedback

Feb 21 2017 - Unilateralism

I have great respect for the labor relations process, and I have a pretty good track record for getting things done with the MLBPA. I have to admit, however, that I am disappointed that we could not even get the MLBPA to agree to modest rule changes like limits on trips to the mound that have little effect on the competitive character of the game. There's a variety of changes that can be undertaken. I'm committed to the idea that we have a set of proposals out there and we continue to discuss those proposals in private.feedback

Feb 03 2017

We did review some rule changes largely related to pace of game that are being discussed with the players' association. More to follow when those negotiations are complete. Obviously our foremost concern is that players that are under contract with our organizations be able to come and go. As of right now the countries that have been mostly affected are not places where we have players. I am pleased with the level of cooperation we've had from the teams.feedback

Feb 03 2017

Pace of play is an issue that 'we' need to be focused on. The 'we' there is players, owners, umpires, everyone who is invested in this game.feedback

Feb 03 2017

Given the really serious big economic issues on the table, I think it's unrealistic to think that you're going to get an agreement (regarding pace of play) when you're doing the overall agreement. As is the usual course in the offseason, we're turning to the playing rule issues now.feedback

Jan 30 2017

Although Mr. Correa's conduct was not authorized by the Cardinals, as a matter of MLB policy, I am holding the Cardinals responsible for his conduct. A club suffers material harm when an employee of another club illegally accesses its confidential and propriety information, particularly intrusions of the nature and scope present here. In addition, as a result of Mr. Correa's conduct, the Astros suffered substantial negative publicity and had to endure the time, expense and distraction of both a lengthy government investigation and an MLB investigation.feedback

Jan 27 2017

Last year's World Series was a great illustration of the rich baseball history in Cleveland. We are delighted that the 2019 All-Star Game will be in Cleveland with the Indians' loyal fans during an exciting time for the franchise. Major League Baseball looks forward to bringing 90th Midsummer Classic to downtown Cleveland in 2019 to celebrate the best of our sport.feedback

Jan 22 2017

Today is a very sad day for our entire game and particularly for the many loyal fans in the Dominican Republic, the home of both Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte.feedback

Dec 02 2016

Maybe we were going too far, too fast.feedback

Dec 02 2016

We kept the game on the field. We made an agreement within our current structure which I think shows that we have a durable structure. We moved some things our direction, and we moved some other things their direction.feedback

Dec 02 2016

We thought we were going to make an agreement, had a tentative agreement. ... but nothing's done until it's done.feedback

Oct 28 2016

His commitment to the many communities that have touched his life and the great impact of these efforts makes him a very deserving recipient of our most prestigious award.feedback

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