Remember the other day when Rob Manfred said he was confident there will be a baseball season in 2020? Yeah, me too.
Rob Manfred to @karlravechespn: "I'll tell you unequivocally: We will play Major League Baseball this year."— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 10, 2020
Well, things have quickly changed. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Manfred told ESPN on Monday he’s “not confident” there will be a 2020 baseball season. He also added that “as long as there’s no dialogue” with the MLB Players Association, “that real risk is going to continue.”
His interview will run tonight on ESPN if you’d like to check it out.
Two days ago, the MLBPA rejected a 72-game season proposal that guaranteed 70 percent of players’ prorated salaries. MLBPA executive director Tony Clark issued a statement in response to the proposal, “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”
The players are ready to go, unfortunately it looks as if that doesn’t mean a thing to Manfred. He said the MLBPA’s “decision to end good-faith negotiations” along with the need for an agreement with the union on health and safety protocols “were really negative in terms of our efforts.” He also went on to add “The owners are 100 percent committed to getting baseball back on the field,” Manfred said. “Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that I’m 100 percent certain that’s gonna happen.”
Oh, there’s also this.
Source: In a letter today, MLB told the MLBPA there would be no 2020 season unless the players waived any legal claims against the league.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 15, 2020
This has gotten out of hand, and what is happening to baseball is simply just sad. Hopefully something can transpire that will give us some sort of a season in 2020. Unfortunately, as each day passes by, it’s looking more and more likely there won’t be baseball this year.