Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Those who have followed baseball over the years know very well who Ken Rosenthal is. He is the sporty version of Shams Charania and Adam Schefter.
Widely known for his latest MLB Boundaries news and his work on Fox Sports shows, Rosenthal is now unemployed.
According to Andrew Marchand of the NY Post, MLB Network chose to fire Rosenthal following criticism of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
“MLB Network has severed ties with insider Ken Rosenthal, believed to be the end result of acrimony that peaked in the summer of 2020 after Rosenthal criticized Commissioner Rob Manfred,” Marchand reported on Monday evening.
Ken Rosenthal fired after criticizing Rob Manfred
Rosenthal was first kept off the airwaves after criticizing Manfred’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020 MLB season, according to the report.
The insider has written several articles wondering how Manfred was handling what ended up being a shortened 60-game season due to the pandemic. Apparently the powers that be within MLB weren’t too happy with this.
“As MLB Network continues to look for new ways to bring baseball to our viewers, there is a natural renewal of our talent roster that takes place every year,” an MLB spokesperson told The Post. . “Ken has been an integral part of MLB Network for the past 13 years. From spring training to winter reunions, we thank him for his work in the studio, programming MLB Network games and events. , and wish him the best for the future.
Rosenthal, 59, will continue to work with Fox Sports after the league-owned MLB network chose to fire him. He will also continue to write articles for The Athletic.
To say that this isn’t a great look for Major League Baseball would be an understatement. Insiders are meant to act as independent entities within the broader limits of breaking news. It seems that Manfred prefers to have corporate “men” at his disposal, which leads to even more questions about his role as commissioner.
Keep in mind that MLB is currently in the midst of its first work stoppage in over a quarter of a century as owners lock out players.