Donald John Trump
- Height 6' 3"
- Throws Right
- School Fordham University, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
- High School New York Military Academy
He followed in his father's footsteps as a successful real estate developer, although his career was also marred by a few bankruptcies. His business endeavors later involved the New York Yankees. He backed the team moving to East Rutherford, NJ in the 1970s, though the move never unfolded. He is a fan of the club and appeared regularly at Yankee Stadium, often alongside former New York mayor and early political backer Rudolf Giuliani. He is also a supporter of the New York Mets. He made a foray into professional sports in the 1980s as owner of the New Jersey Generals of the short-lived United States Football League.
Shortly before his inauguration, on January 9, 2017, he met with Commissioner Rob Manfred in a meeting arranged by Yankees President Randy Levine. Trump described himself as "a great baseball fan". However, he did not appear to pay much attention to the sport during his first couple of tumultuous years in the White House, instead focusing on criticizing the NFL for various perceived faults. He made a rare incursion in the world of baseball after Game 4 of the 2018 World Series, when, out of the blue, he criticized Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts' bullpen usage, blaming him for his team's loss. He was immediately rebuked from all sides for making inane comments only hours after a deadly antisemitic attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, who was the one whose removal from the game prompted the president's tirade, put it thus: "There was a mass shooting yesterday. The focus, in my opinion, of the president is to be on the country, and not on moves that are made in a World Series game." The President also tweeted in support of Curt Schilling's candidacy for the Hall of Fame in January 2019; Schilling had been a vocal supporter of his campaign back in 2016. On April 8, 2019, he revoked an agreement reached a few months earlier by Major League Baseball with the Cuban Baseball Federation, as a result of breakthroughs in the U.S.'s relations with Cuba achieved by President Barack Obama's Administration. The agreement allowed for a formal process for Cuban players to join Organized Baseball; Trump objected to transfer fees being paid to the Federation as part of the agreement.
As a figure in the entertainment industry, Trump hosted a television show called The Apprentice. Jose Canseco appeared on the program.
|United States President
- Ted Berg: "Donald Trump's 19 hottest baseball takes, ranked by accuracy", "For the Win!", USA Tody Sports, September 25, 2017.