Let’s hope Rob Manfred never loses his job as commissioner of Major League Baseball, because he has flunked his audition to play a tough guy on any mob-themed TV show or movie.
Manfred continues to shake down the Oakland city government, or at least try to, on behalf of his boss, Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher.
At last week’s MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego, Manfred gave Oakland a deadline of Jan. 15, 2024, to give Fisher everything he wants and needs for his proposed ballpark village at Howard Terminal.
Manfred even tried to sound like a mob guy, as if he were saying to Oakland’s mayor and City Council, “That’s a nice little baseball team you’ve got there. Be a shame if something happened to it.”