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CNBC Transcript: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Today

WHEN: TODAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 10

WHERE: CNBC'S "SQUAWK BOX"

Following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on CNBC's "Squawk Box" today. Following is a link to video of the interview on CNBC.com: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000370039.

All references must be sourced to CNBC's "Squawk Box."

JOE KERNEN: BASEBALL DEFYING ITS REPUTATION AS AN OLD SCHOOL METHODICAL GAME AND BREAKING INTO THE HI-TECH WORLD GAME STREAM ONLINE ON OPENING DAY SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 60% FROM LAST YEAR. A TOTAL OF 50 MILLION PEOPLE TUNED IN VIA VIDEO STREAMS. HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE REVIVAL OF BASEBALL'S BRAND AND FOCUS ON STREAMING CONTENT, ROB MANFRED, MLB COMMISSIONER. IT'S GREAT TO HAVE YOU ON, TO MEET YOU, AND WISH YOU LUCK.

ROB MANFRED: GREAT TO BE HERE.

JOE KERNEN: I WAS KIDDING A BIT THAT ALL THE HARD STUFF HAS ALREADY BEEN DECIDED IN BASEBALL. BECAUSE PAST COMMISSIONERS HAVE HAD SOME HUGE ISSUES. OBVIOUSLY TO DEAL WITH. BUT I THINK SOME THINGS WILL PROBABLY COME UP WITH YOU THAT MAYBE YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT.

ROB MANFRED: I SUSPECT THAT'S THE CASE. YOU KNOW, RIGHT NOW I FEEL GREAT ABOUT WHERE THE GAME IS. WE HAVE GREAT COMPETITIVE BALANCE WHICH IS WHAT WE SELL AT THE END OF THE DAY. AS YOU ALLUDED TO, BOB BOWMAN AT MLB ADVANCED MEDIA HAS DONE A GREAT JOB FOR US IN THE TECH SPACE. WE FEEL GREAT ABOUT OUR BUSINESS.

JOE KERNEN: IT'S A GREAT -- OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF THE MONEY IS LOCAL. AND YOU CAN SEE IT IN ANY PLACE -- LIKE I'M FROM CINCINNATI. YOU CAN SEE IT THERE. THE WHOLE TOWN BLEEDS RED. I GUESS EVERYBODY BLEEDS RED. BUT IN THIS CASE IT'S A BIG DEAL IN LOCAL MARKETS. IF I WAS THERE -- I USED TO LISTEN WITH MY DAD TO THE RADIO EVERY DAY. I LISTENED TO JIM NUXOLL WHO WAS THE YOUNGEST PITCHER EVER, ANDREW, DID YOU KNOW THAT? HE WAS 15 YEARS OLD. I'D LOVE TO WATCH EVERY GAME. AN I WOULD WATCH COMMERCIALS IN THE LOCAL MARKET.

ROB MANFRED: IT'S THE BIGGEST CHANGE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DECADES HOW MUCH PRODUCT WE HAVE AVAILABLE LOCALLY. YOU KNOW, IT USED TO BE ONLY SOME GAMES WERE TELEVISED. NOW EVERYTHING'S AVAILABLE ON TELEVISION. AND I THINK IT'S ONE THING THAT CONFUSES PEOPLE ABOUT OUR BUSINESS. IT'S HARD TO TAKE A SPORT LIKE OURS THAT PLAYS EVERY DAY 162 TIMES IN 183 DAYS AND SAY HOW DO YOU COMPARE TO A SPORT WHERE YOU PLAY ONCE A WEEK, TWICE A WEEK, OR THREE TIMES A WEEK.

JOE KERNEN: IT'S DIFFERENT THAN FOOTBALL. PEOPLE SAY FOOTBALL HAS TAKEN OVER, BUT IT'S DIFFERENT. THERE'S WAYS OF MAKING IT GREAT AGAIN. BUT ONE OF THEM IS YOU GUYS HAVE TO FIGURE OUT THE LENGTH. IT'S A HALF HOUR LONGER THAN IT WAS JUST TEN YEARS AGO. YOU ALWAYS WANT OFFENSE. ALTHOUGH I LOVE A GREAT PITCHING DUEL TOO.

ROB MANFRED: WE'RE WORKING HARD ON THE PACE OF GAME THIS YEAR. TOM WAS ON A COMMITTEE THAT WE STARTED LAST FALL. WE EXPERIMENTED WITH SOME REALLY RADICAL IDEAS IN OUR ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE, BUT WE PUT IN A SET OF CHANGES AT THE MAJOR LEAGUE LEVEL THIS YEAR THAT WE FEEL ARE IMPORTANT AND WE'RE ONLY HALF A WEEK IN, BUT WE'VE HAD PRETTY GOOD RETURNS ALREADY.

JOE KERNEN: YOU'RE SEEING -- LIKE, HAVE YOU AVERAGED HOW MUCH QUICKER IT IS YET?

ROB MANFRED: WE'VE BEEN ABOUT TEN MINUTES DOWN FROM WHERE WE WERE LAST YEAR. IT'S NOT SO MUCH -- 3:02 WAS AVERAGE GAME TIME LAST YEAR. WHEN WE SAT AROUND AND TALKED ABOUT IT, IT WAS NOT WE WANTED TO GO FROM 3.02 TO 2:50 OR 2:45 OR SO, IT WAS WE WANTED THE FANS TO LOOK AT THE GAME AND SAY IT MOVED A LITTLE MORE CRISPLY IT MOVED ALONG AT A GOOD PACE. AND THE SLOW MOMENTS OF THE GAME WERE SHORTER.

JOE KERNEN: WHAT WAS THE MAIN PROBLEMS YOU THINK? PITCHERS ARE GOOD.

ROB MANFRED: I THINK THERE'S A COUPLE OF THINGS. I THINK WE HAD GOTTEN A LITTLE SLOPPY, FRANKLY, ABOUT INNING BREAKS. OBVIOUSLY OUR PARTNERS EITHER 2:25, OR 2:45. THOSE BREAKS HAD SLID TO BE IN THE 3s SOMEWHERE AND THAT'S JUST DEAD TIME IF YOU'RE A FAN WATCHING IT ON TV OR IN THE BALLPARK. AND PLAYER HABITS IS ANOTHER ISSUE. GUYS GET IN THE HABIT OF STEPPING OUT OF THE BOX. IT BECOMES PART OF THEIR ROUTINE. WE'RE TRYING TO DO A LITTLE RETRAINING ON THAT FRONT.

TOM WERNER: I NOTICED THE PLAYERS HAVE REALLY COMPLIED WITH THAT. I USED TO SAY THAT VELCRO IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ENEMIES OF BASEBALL. PLAYERS WOULD COME OUT AND PLAY WITH A BATTING GLOVE. BUT I NOTICED IN THE FIRST FEW GAMES THEY REALLY ADOPTED THE PROGRAM. I DO THINK THE GAME IS CRISPER.

JOE KERNEN: ALL RIGHT. SO WE COULD SPEND THE REST OF THE TIME TALKING ABOUT THIS, BUT WE CAN'T DO THAT. I SAID I SAW PETE ROSE RUN INTO RAY FOSSE AT RIVERFRONT STADIUM IN 1970. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GAUGE STEROIDS AND JUICE VERSUS BETTING. AND GUYS THAT ARE KNOWN JUICERS ARE NOT JUST STILL IN BASEBALL, BUT THEY'RE STILL PLAYING BASEBALL. AND YET ROSE WHO WASN'T THE MOST TALENTED GUY. THAT WAS PURE HEART AND CHARLIE HUSTLE. AND I'M NOT SURE I WANT HIM IN. I DON'T KNOW. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO THINK ABOUT THIS?

ROB MANFRED: HERE'S HOW I THINK ABOUT IT. I THINK IT'S A QUESTION OF NOTICE AND RULES. THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL RULE IN BASEBALL IT HAS BEEN THERE FOREVER IT IS RULE 21. IT PROHIBITS ANYBODY WHO IS ON THE FIELD FROM BETTING ON BASEBALL OR BETTING ON ANY SPORT. AND IN FACT, THE RULE IS CLEAR THAT IF YOU BET ON BASEBALL, YOU WILL BE BANISHED FOR LIFE.

JOE KERNEN: WE KNOW ALL THAT THOUGH. ISN'T THERE A RULE LIKE THAT WITH STEROIDS?

ROB MANFRED: NO, THERE ISN'T. THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE. THE RULE ON STEROIDS IS – AND IT'S A RULE THAT WAS BARGAINED WITH THE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION. IT IS, YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE CAUGHT THERE ARE DEFINED PENALTIES. IT'S NOW 80 GAMES, ONE YEAR, AND THEN LIFE. AND SO IT'S A DIFFERENT PENALTY --

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: SO YOU THINK THE RULES SHOULD BE AS STRICT AS THE GAMBLING RULE?

ROB MANFRED: I THINK THAT THE RULE ON STEROIDS PROBABLY SHOULD NOT BE QUITE AS STRICT. AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS --

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: WELL LOOK STEROIDS SHOULD BE LESS STRICT THAN IT IS AND THAT IS EVEN LESS STRICT THAN THE GAMBLING?

ROB MANFRED: NO LESS STRICT THAN THE RULE ON GAMBLING. I THINK THE GAMBLING RULE IS SO FUNDAMENTAL TO THE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME THAT IT SHOULD ALWAYS STAY WHERE IT IS.

JOE KERNEN: ROB, WHEN YOU BET ON BASEBALL, IT TAKES ANOTHER STEP TO ACTUALLY CHEAT. JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE BETTING DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE CHEATING. WHEN YOU JUICE, YOU'RE CHEATING THE MINUTE YOU START DOING IT YOU'RE CHEATING. SO THERE'S NOT EVEN A -- IT'S -- GAMBLING IS A STEP REMOVED FROM CHEATING.

ROB MANFRED: I THINK THE DIFFICULTY WITH THE STEROID ISSUE IS THAT THERE IS A CONTINUUM OF PRODUCTS OUT THERE THAT CAN CAUSE PLAYERS PROBLEMS. YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE OF THOSE AREAS THAT EVERY SPORT STRUGGLES WITH. I THINK THAT COMMISSIONER SELIG DID A FANTASTIC JOB OF TAKING A SPORT THAT HAD A HUGE PROBLEM, WORKING THROUGH THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT AND YOU HAVE TO ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT. WE HAVE A BARGAINING OBLIGATION THERE TO GET TO A PROGRAM THAT THE WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY NOW CONSIDERS TO BE THE BEST IN SPORTS.

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: SO STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN SHOULD PETE ROSE BE IN THE HALL OF FAME?

ROB MENFRED: I CAN'T ANSWER THAT QUESTION. WHAT I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT PETE ROSS IS HE'S APPLIED FOR REENSTATEMENT. HE HAS THE RIGHT TO DO THAT. I AM GOING TO TAKE A FULL AND FRESH LOOK

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: IS THERE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS TIME?

ROB MANFRED: LOOK, THE PASSAGE OF TIME IF NOTHING ELSE, CHANGES, I THINK, THE SITUATION SOMEWHAT. AND, YOU KNOW, MR. ROSE HAS SUGGESTED TO ME HE HAS THINGS HE WANTS ME TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE SITUATION. I'LL GIVE HIM A FULL OPPORTUNITY TO LET ME KNOW THOSE THINGS.

JOE KERNEN: YOUR FIRST ANSWER WAS THAT'S THE RULE YOU SEE WHEN YOU WALK INTO EVERY CLUBHOUSE. IT IS THE ONE IMMUTABLE RULE IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ALREADY ANSWERED IT ALMOST.

ROB MANFRED: YOU KNOW LOOK, I THINK THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER HOW FUNDAMENTAL OUR GAMBLING POLICY IS TO THE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME.

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: AND YOU THINK LETTING SOMEBODY LIKE PETE ROSE IN CHANGES THAT?

ROB MANFRED: YOU KNOW, IT'S IMPORTANT TO DRAW A DISTINCTION BETWEEN TWO ISSUES, IN MY VIEW. ON THE ONE HAND, MY JOB IS TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME ON THE FIELD. IF YOU'RE ON THE PERMANENTLY INELIGIBLE LIST, YOU CAN'T WORK IN THE GAME. WHETHER OR NOT YOU'RE ELIGIBLE FOR THE HALL OF FAME IS A PRODUCT OF THE HALL OF FAME'S DECISION TO FOLLOW OUR INELIGIBILITY LIST. THERE'S TWO DIFFERENT --

JOE KERNEN: YOU DON'T HAVE TO LET HIM MBACK INTO BASEBALL TO PUT HIM IN THE HALL OF FAME.

ROB MANFRED: THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT. AND MY JOB IS I DON'T CONTROL THE HALL OF FAME RULE. THE HALL OF FAME IS AN INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN RULES. YOU KNOW, I'M GOING TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE INSTITUTION THAT I'M CHARGED WITH PROTECTING.

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: WHAT'S THE TIMELINE FOR THAT?

ROB MANFRED: I DON'T HAVE A TIMELINE. WE'RE TALKING TO MR. ROSE'S REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT WHAT THE PROCESS WILL LOOK LIKE. THERE'S A HUGE FACTUAL RECORD HERE. I'VE BEEN AROUND BASEBALL FOR A LONG TIME, I WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THAT PARTICULAR INCIDENT, I NEED TO MAKE SURE I NEED TO UNDERSTAND ALL THOSE FACTS. AND I DO NEED TO GIVE MR. ROSE A CHANCE TO COME IN AND DO WHATEVER HE WANTS TO DO.

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: SO FANTASY IT'S NOT GAMBLING IN YOUR VIEW.

ROB MANFRED: IT'S NOT JUST MY VIEW. THERE'S A LINE IN THE LAW. AND, YOU KNOW, WE UNDERSTAND THAT LINE VERY CAREFULLY. YOU KNOW, BEFORE WE DID THE DEAL WITH DRAFT KINGS WE LOOKED AT ALL THE GAMES ON THEIR SITE. HAD THEM ANALYZED. WE ARE COMFORTABLE THAT THEY ARE FANTASY. WE THINK THE FANTASY SPACE IS REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT TO US IN TERMS OF ENGAGING YOUNG PEOPLE.

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: ADAM SILVER OF THE NBA HAS COME OUT PUBLICLY AND SAID THAT HE ACTUALLY THINKS THERE SHOULD BE GAMBLING OR IT SHOULD BE LEGALIZED. WHERE DO YOU STAND?

ROB MANFRED: WELL THAT'S NOT QUITE WHAT HE SAID BUT WHAT HE DID SAY IS THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT OUR POLICY ON GAMBLING AND ONE OF THE THINGS HE SAID I DO AGREE WITH A UNIFORMED FEDERAL SCHEME ON GAMBLING WOULD BE GOOD THINK I THINK FOR THE COUNTRY. IT'S VERY DIFFICULT WHEN YOU HAVE DIFFERENT LAWS ON GAMBLING IN 50 STATES WE OPERATE NOT IN ALL OF THEM BUT IN A LOT OF THEM. I THINK THAT CAN BE CONFUSING AND NOT REALLY A GOOD POLICY.

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: I'M SURE YOU MEASURED THIS. IN TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT, HOW DOES FANTASY CHANGE IT? HOW MUCH MORE ENGAGED IS SOMEBODY INVOLVED IN FANTASY?

ROB MANFRED: FANTASY IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ENGAGEMENT. AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF FANTASY PARTICULARLY DAILY FANTASY IS BIG IN THE YOUNGER DEMOGRAPHIC THAT WE'RE FOCUSED ON.

JOE KERNEN: YOU -- I REMEMBER SOME GREAT PLAYERS IN CUBA. THEY PROBABLY STILL HAVE SOME, DON'T THEY?

ROB MANFRED: THEY HAVE GREAT PLAYERS

JOE KERNEN: HOW'S THAT GOING TO WORK? HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE. WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN?

ROB MANFRED: THERE'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS INTEREST IN SIGNING CUBAN PLAYERS AND A NUMBER OF CUBAN PLAYERS INCLUDING ONE THE RED SOX SIGNED.

TOM WERNER: THEY SIGNED FOR $62 MILLION.

JOE KERNEN: I SAW THAT HE'S 19 YEARS OLD, ISN'T HE?

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: DIDN'T YOU JUST SAY YOU WERE GOING TO TRY TO DO ON EXHIBITION IN 2016.

ROB MANFRED: WE'D LIKE TO PLAY SOME EXHIBITION GAMES THERE IN 2016. WHAT WE'RE REALLY DOING IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TRYING TO FIGURE EXACTLY HOW THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK IS GOING TO CHANGE. WE WANT TO GO WHEN IT'S CONSISTENT, OBVIOUSLY, WITH FEDERAL LAW AND FEDERAL POLICY. BUT IF WE COULD BE HELPFUL IN TERM OF THE THAWING, WE'D LOVE TO BE PART OF IT.

JOE KERNEN: I THINK PEOPLE WANT TO SELL SOME EQUIPMENT IN CUBA TOO. LIKE THE LOUISVILLE SLUGGER. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE DODGERS?

ROB MANFRED: LOOK, THE DODGERS SITUATION IS UNFORTUNATE. I MEAN, IT -- ANY TIME WE DON'T HAVE FULL DISTRIBUTION OF OUR GAMES IN THE LOCAL MARKET, IT'S A HUGE PROBLEM FOR US. AND IT'S A TERRIBLE PROBLEM FOR MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS. I'M HOPEFUL THAT WHEN THE MERGER SITUATION IS CLARIFIED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, THAT THERE'LL BE SOME FLEXIBILITY CREATED AND THEY'LL GET THE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS DONE.

JOE KERNEN: MONTREAL. I DIDN'T KNOW THEY LOVE BASEBALL.

ROB MANFRED: IT'S INTERESTING. TWO YEARS IN A ROW THEY'VE PLAYED TWO EXHIBITION GAMES ON THE WEEKEND BEFORE THE START OF THE SEASON. THEY'VE DRAWN ABOUT 90,000 – IN EXCESS OF 90,000 PEOPLE FOR EACH OF THE WEEKENDS. YOU KNOW, PRIOR TO THE STRIKE IN '94, MONTREAL WAS A GOOD BASEBALL MARKET. I THINK WITH A MAJOR LEAGUE QUALITY FACILITY, THERE'S A LOT OF BASEBALL INTEREST UP THERE. IT COULD BE A MAJOR LEAGUE MARKET AGAIN.

JOE KERNEN: ANYWHERE ELSE?

ROB MANFRED: THE ONE THAT IS INTERESTING TO ME AND I THINK IT'S A LONGER TERM PROJECT IS MEXICO. I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT FOR THE GAME. I THINK IT WOULD HELP US NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF EXPANDING OUR INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT, THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE GAME, BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IN OUR DOMESTIC MARKET IN TERMS OF GETTING ENGAGEMENT WITH THE HISPANIC MARKET IN THE UNITED STATES.

JOE KERNEN: THAT WOULD BE EXCITING I THINK

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: WANT TO START A TEAM DOWN THERE? A HUGE MEDIA MARKET

TOM WERNER: I THINK 20 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN MEXICO CITY. SO WHAT A MARKET.

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: WOULD YOU BID ON THAT TEAM?

JOE KERNEN: THE FLIGHTS WOULDN'T EVEN BE THAT DIFFERENT.

ROB MANFRED: THE CHALLENGE FOR US, WE'VE DONE SOME GREAT THINGS. WE'VE PLAYED OPENERS IN JAPAN PLAYED AN OPENER IN AUSTRALIA LAST YEAR. IT'S GREAT IN TERMS OF GETTING THE GAME GOING IN THOSE MARKETS. I THINK THE CHALLENGE FOR US THAT WE'RE WORKING HARD ON IN INTERNATIONAL IS SUSTAINED ACTIVITY. MORE PERSISTENT, LONG TERM ACTIVITY AND OBVIOUSLY AS YOU POINT OUT THE GEOGRAPHICS OF A PLACE LIKE MEXICO WORKS PRETTY DARN WELL FOR US.

JOE KERNEN: DID WE FINALLY DECIDE THE BALLS ARE THE SAME AS THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN?

ROB MANFRED: AS FAR AS I KNOW THE ONLY

JOE KERNEN: IT'S GOT YOUR SIGNATURE ON IT.

ROB MANFRED: IT'S GOT A DIFFERENT NAME ON IT. SAME BASEBALL.

JOE KERNEN: HOW MANY TAKES?

ROB MANFRED: THEY CAME WITH A STACK OF INDEX CARDS THAT THICK. I THOUGHT I WAS BACK IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL. I WANTED IT TO LOOK LIKE MY ACTUAL SIGNATURE.

JOE KERNEN: WHICH ONE DID THEY PICK?

ROB MANFRED: WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS IS THEY TAKE FIVE. AND THEN THEY ACTUALLY MAKE FIVE BASEBALLS AND THEY BRING THEM BACK TO YOU AND YOU GET TO PICK THE ONE THAT IS GOING TO GO INTO PRODUCTION. IT WAS KIND OF FUN, ACTUALLY.

TOM WERNER: LIKE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.

JOE KERNEN: I THINK IT'S BETTER. YOU KNOW WHAT'S A DOLLAR WORTH THESE DAYS

ROB MANFRED: IT WAS REALLY THE FIRST THING AFTER WE HAD A MEETING IN BALTIMORE WHERE I WAS ELECTED AND I LITERALLY GOT BACK TO THE OFFICE THE NEXT DAY AND IT WAS THE FIRST THING THEY ASKED ME TO DO. IT TOOK ME A BACK A LITTLE BIT. I WASN'T QUITE READY TO UNDERTAKE IT, BUT WORKED OUT OKAY.

JOE KERNEN: OKAY. WE'VE GOT TO GO. IT'S KIND OF WEIRD BECAUSE GUYS THAT HAVE THE STEROID REP, THEY DON'T GET VOTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME. IT'S POSSIBLE THEY CAN STAY IN THE GAME BUT NOT IN THE HALL OF MAYBE PETE CAN'T GET BACK IN THE GAME BUT HE GETS IN THE HALL OF MAYBE IT'S THE OPPOSITE OF THE GUYS THAT ARE JUICERS.

ROB MANFRED: WE'LL SEE THEY ARE SEPARATE ISSUES AND WE'LL HOW THEY GET RESOLVED.

JOE KERNEN: BUT THEN I ALSO HEARD FROM GREAT PLAYERS THAT IN THIS DAY AND AGE, WE EXPECT THESE GUYS MODERN DAY GLADIATORS WE EXPECT THEM TO GO OUT AND DO SUPERHUMAN THINGS THAT YOU CAN'T FAULT THEM FOR TRYING TO GET AN EDGE AT TIMES. AND THEY'RE SACRIFICING THEIR BODIES ANYWAY SO IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE.

ROB MANFRED: IT'S A HUGE AND ONGOING TEMPTATION. IT REALLY IS.

JOE KERNEN: GREAT TO HAVE YOU ON.

ROB MANFRED: THANK YOU IT WAS FUN TO BE HERE.

JOE KERNEN: AND YOU HAVE A VERY ENVIOUS -- PEOPLE WOULD KILL TO BE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL. ANYWAY, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING HIM ON. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE RED SOX.

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