It's a Start: Rob Manfred and Tony Clark Finally Met in Person (UPDATE)

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It’s a Start: Rob Manfred and Tony Clark Finally Met in Person (UPDATE)

Chicago Cubs

It might be a very small thing. It might go nowhere. But finally – FINALLY – something that was obviously correct has happened in the MLB/MLBPA stalemate.

They f***ing talked.

We’ll await details if there are any, but this is *precisely* what needed to happen yesterday: the two guys in charge getting in a room and talking, and at Manfred’s request. His was the first sword that needed to be fallen on, which means he had to reach out to say, OK, we need to talk.

Again, that doesn’t mean this resolves things. More fighting can (will?) follow. But this was unequivocally the first step that needed to happen. I’m just so relieved that they actually did it, for once.

UPDATE: The two are meeting again today:

Your dream scenario? The two hammer out a deal that they each believe they can sell to their constituents, Clark the players, and Manfred the owners. They leave today’s meeting with a plan to convince their groups that this is the way it has to be, and then they sell sell sell sell.

Again, that’s your dream scenario for today, and how often has that come to pass in the baseball world since 2016?



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.