Roughly a decade ago, Mark Cuban teamed up with a logistics and shipping CEO Jim Crane in an attempt to buy the Texas Rangers at an auction. Their venture, Radical Baseball LLC, came up short in the 16-hour auction to a group led by former fireballer Nolan Ryan.
The next year, Crane purchased a majority stake in the Houston Astros. In 2017, Rob Manfred handed him the commissioner’s trophy after the Astros won the first World Series in franchise history.
On Tuesday, Cuban — who owns the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA — tweeted a link to Manfred’s recent ESPN interview and declared he was “thankful (MLB) didn’t let me buy a team.”
“Baseball is a mess right now and they have zero vision to see them out of it,” Cuban wrote. “I’m thankful they didn’t let me buy a team.”
Last month, Manfred suspended Crane’s former general manager and manager for one season and fined the club $5 million, along with the loss of draft picks over the next two years, for electronically stealing signs.
Manfred has come under fire from players throughout the beginning of spring training for the league’s handling of the scandal and the lack of punishment toward the Astros players.