In what can only be described as heartbreaking, we’re now moving towards the possibility of no baseball in the 2020 season. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred had some grave comments for the hopes of a season, per ESPN.
When asked about the confidence that MLB would able to get going this year, Manfred had this to say on Monday.
I’m not confident. I think there’s real risk; and as long as there’s no dialogue, that real risk is gonna continue.
Just a few days ago, it seemed like MLB was entirely confident it could get a season started, even if it was only for 50 games. Last week, Manfred proudly proclaimed that “unequivocally we are going to play Major League Baseball this year.”
After additional back and forth in public negotiations, talks stalled. Late Sunday night, players took to social media to say that they are ready to get back to work, just say “when and where.”
It now looks like everything is entirely in jeopardy as the commissioner isn’t even sure at this point. Who knows how much of this is just an overflow of frustration after negotiations went south with the player’s union. Manfred also commented on that.
It’s just a disaster for our game, absolutely no question about it. It shouldn’t be happening, and it’s important that we find a way to get past it and get the game back on the field for the benefit of our fans.
If that’s not enough to get your blood boiling, you can read this last comment he made about MLB ownership wanting to get games going.
The owners are a hundred percent committed to getting baseball back on the field. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that I’m a hundred percent certain that’s gonna happen.
There is still hope that there will be baseball in 2020, but today sure does seem like it’s becoming more unlikely. More to come on this as news continues to break.