MLB commissioner Rob Manfred discusses White House visit for World Series champion

As the World Series continues, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred discussed a possible White House visit for the champions and indicated he doesn’t think it will be a problem no matter who is invited. 

“I think as an institution, Major League Baseball has always had the greatest respect for the office of the presidency,” Manfred told reporters before Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, per USA Today. “That doesn’t change, no matter who’s there. Often we’ve had situations where individuals, players, whatever, don’t agree with all of the policies of the individual that occupies the office. I think the important thing is respect for the office.”

Visits to the White House following a big championship have become a controversial topic since President Donald Trump took office as several teams have opted to skip the celebration. The Warriors didn’t attend after winning championships in 2017 and 2018 and the Eagles didn’t visit following their latest Super Bowl win earlier this year.

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The Astros, however, visited the White House after winning the 2017 World Series, and the Cubs participated in the celebration after winning the 2016 title.

The Red Sox lead the series 2-0 over the Dodgers heading into Game 3 in Los Angeles on Friday.

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