Main League Baseball players and their union chief responded to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s reversal on whether or not there was going to be a season in any respect amid a combat over salaries in a pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
MLB Players Affiliation government director Tony Clark stated in a press release that players had been “disgusted” over Manfred’s feedback to ESPN on Monday night time.
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“Players are disgusted that after Rob Manfred unequivocally told Players and fans that there would ‘100%’ be a 2020 season, he has decided to go back on his word and is now threatening to cancel the entire season,” Clark stated. “Any implication that the Players Association has somehow delayed progress on health and safety protocols is completely false, as Rob has recently acknowledged the parties are ‘very, very close.’ This latest threat is just one more indication that Major League Baseball has been negotiating in bad faith since the beginning. This has always been about extracting additional pay cuts from Players and this is just another day and another bad faith tactic in their ongoing campaign.”
Different players additionally responded to Manfred’s feedback.
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Manfred advised ESPN there won’t be a significant league season after a breakdown in talks between groups and the union on the way to break up up cash.
“It’s just a disaster for our game, absolutely no question about it,” Manfred stated. “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.”
Manfred stated forward of final week’s beginner draft that the prospect of a season was “100 percent.”
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“I’m not confident. I think there’s real risk; and as long as there’s no dialogue, that real risk is going to continue,” Manfred stated Monday on ESPN. “The owners are 100 percent committed to getting baseball back on the field. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that I’m 100 percent certain that’s going to happen.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.