Commissioner Manfred Guarantees There Will Be Baseball This Year, But Doesn't Guarantee an Agreement

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Commissioner Manfred Guarantees There Will Be Baseball This Year, But Doesn’t Guarantee an Agreement

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Speaking before the opening round of tonight’s MLB Draft, Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the current standoff between the owners and players, and unfortunately did not say anything we didn’t already know.

Namely: the league is ready to unilaterally impose a super short season if it comes to that (which may have been the intention all along), though an agreed deal is the preference (reportedly there’s only a week left to negotiate that). Either way, there will be baseball this year.

But, although the owners are going to come back with a counter to the players’ latest 89-game proposal, it sounds like it will once again not include prorated pay, which the players have consistently said is an unmovable item for them.

Some snippets of Manfred’s comments before the Draft:

As we’ve discussed, if there is no actual agreement on a return to baseball, and the league instead unilaterally mandates it, the costs to baseball and its fans are going to be significant.

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