Manfred: Politicians 'ill-informed'

October, 17, 2013
10/17/13
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Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred described a New York senator and other elected officials as "ill-informed" after a press conference in which the politicians claimed that MLB is being "discriminatory" and that commissioner Bud Selig should step down immediately in the aftermath of Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension.

"These sorts of comments come from people that are obviously ill-informed," Manfred told ESPNNewYork.com Thursday night.

At a press conference held outside of MLB's Park Avenue offices, where Rodriguez's appeal completed its seventh day on Thursday, New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz, along with State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa and Hispanics Across America president Fernando Mateo, went on the offensive against Selig and Yankees president Randy Levine.

"I'm here in support of Alex Rodriguez and what Fernando Mateo is trying to do, to be sure a member of our community gets justice," said Diaz, who is a minister and president of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization. "I think that 211 games is unprecedented, unfair, unjust. And I think it's discriminatory too. I think that other people who have done worse have gotten less punishment."

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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