MLB Net cuts ties with Rosenthal, likely due to Manfred criticism

Rosenthal’s analysis of Manfred for The Athletic featured some light criticism, but it didn’t appear to delve into anything personalGETTY IMAGES

MLB Network has "cut ties" with insider Ken Rosenthal in what is believed to be the "end result of acrimony that peaked in the summer of 2020 after Rosenthal criticized" MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, according to Andrew Marchand of the N.Y. POST. Sources said that Rosenthal was "first kept off the air for around three months" after he wrote columns in '20 -- with the season in jeopardy due to the pandemic -- "analyzing Manfred’s handling of the situation for The Athletic." Since then, Rosenthal had been "regularly on MLBN," but his contract was "up at the end of last year." Rosenthal "remains at Fox Sports," where he is a "fixture on its weekly coverage and is a dugout reporter for its top games," including the World Series. He also will "continue at The Athletic." In June '20, Rosenthal’s analysis of Manfred for The Athletic "featured some light criticism, but it didn’t appear to delve into anything personal" (N.Y. POST, 1/4). Rosenthal, in a tweet sent shortly after his departure became public, said he always "strove to maintain my journalistic integrity, and my work reflects that." USA TODAY's Gabe Lacques writes Rosenthal's real-time reporting has been a "boon for MLB Network at high-volume times of the year" (USA TODAY, 1/4). WFAN’s Gregg Giannotti said of Rosenthal being let go, “Isn’t that a bad look if the guy criticizes the commissioner once?” WFAN’s Boomer Esiason: “Rosenthal is very good at what he does, and he’ll go somewhere else and do it ... unencumbered” (“Boomer and Gio,” WFAN, 1/4).

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