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#pounditThursday, January 20, 2022

Rob Manfred roasted on Twitter for payroll comments

Rob Manfred

Social media had a bit of fun at Rob Manfred’s expense on Sunday.

Addressing reporters at Grapefruit League Media Day in Fort Myers, Fla., the MLB commissioner said that he did not believe that payroll was a good indicator of success in the league, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Manfred’s somewhat befuddling remark led to some funny Twitter reactions:

Indeed, last year’s World Series saw the Boston Red Sox, who had by far the highest payroll in the league, win in five games over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had the third-highest payroll in the league. Meanwhile, the MLB’s doormats of recent years, teams like the Miami Marlins and the San Diego Padres, have consistently finished at the bottom of the payroll rankings.

Of course, there are certain exceptions to the rule, such as the Kansas City Royals winning it all in 2015 and the Houston Astros following suit in 2017. But to suggest that payroll does not even play a role in determining how much success a team will have just seems flat-out wrong and is probably even worse than Manfred’s take about the face of his league.

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