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MLB Players Ponder How Manfred Can Mend Icy Relationship

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred leaves after speaking at a news conference, Thursday March 10, 2022, in New York. Major League Baseball’s acrimonious lockout ended Thursday when a divided players’ association voted to accept management’s offer to salvage a 162-game season that will start April 7. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred leaves after speaking at a news conference, Thursday March 10, 2022, in New York. Major League Baseball’s acrimonious lockout ended Thursday when a divided players’ association voted to accept management’s offer to salvage a 162-game season that will start April 7. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Venice, Fla. (AP) -- Rob Manfred made a startling admission while announcing the end of baseball’s bitter labor battle last week: He’s failed in his role as a diplomat to players.

The acknowledgement was stunning enough that famously polite Atlanta Braves starter Charlie Morton nearly laughed when told about it.