MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred admitted on Wednesday that the league never intended to play more than 60 games within the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout an look on “The Dan Patrick Show”, Manfred was requested to charge how he did in the course of the negotiating course of, and he responded by saying in fact that more than 60 games wasn’t going to occur.
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“The reality is we weren’t going to play more than 60 games no matter how the negotiations with the players went, or any other factor,” Manfred mentioned in the course of the radio present. “I feel that is the one factor we come again to each single day. We’re making an attempt to handle one thing that has confirmed to be unpredictable and unmanageable. I do know it hasn’t seemed significantly fairly in spots, however having mentioned that, if we will pull off this 60-game season, I feel it was the perfect we had been going to do for our followers given the course of the virus.
“It’s the calendar. We’re playing 60 games in 63 days right now,” Manfred added. “I don’t see, given the reality of the health situation over the past few weeks, how we were going to get going any faster than the calendar we’re on right now. No matter what the state of those negotiations were.”
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Patrick additionally requested Manfred if there have been any homeowners who didn’t need to resume the season.
“There were one or two that were opposed to the idea of playing for health reasons,” Manfred said. “The vast majority of our owners wanted to play. From the perspective of our owners, they’re making an investment in terms of additional losses in order to get the game back on the field. We owe it to our fans.”