Somehow things are still getting worse for Rob Manfred?
After admitting that the Astros' cheating apology was "not successful" while describing the World Series trophy as a "piece of metal," Manfred spoke again at Cactus League media day, if only because he happens to be in the middle his sport's largest scandal in decades.
He quickly apologized for the comments, and admitted it was just about the sloppiest way he could have phrased a larger rhetorical point. The comments made a lot of players very angry, and it doesn't sound like Manfred's apology did much to move the needle:
Bryant not buying Manfred apology: "I don’t think people are accepting it. When you say something like that, I genuinely believe he really meant it was just a piece of metal. Not to me, I have one in my office back home, and it’s right in the middle, the center of attention."— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) February 19, 2020
This has been the longest week of Rob Manfred's life and it's Wednesday morning.