Professional League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Monday that there was “a real risk” that the 2020 season, delayed by the coronavirus, could be canceled due to the financial dispute between employers and players. “I’m not safe,” Manfred whispered at the ESPN microphone, in a completely different tone than the one adopted a week earlier, saying he was “100%” optimistic about the prospect of watching matches. Baseball this year. “I think it is a real risk, and as long as there is no dialogue, this real risk will remain,” he added in the ghost of a cancellation.
The players’ association (MLBPA) on Saturday ended negotiations with the league, which represents club managers, and said that further discussions “would be useless”. The two sides remain sharply divided over financial terms for players in the middle of a shorter season due to the pandemic. The championship was originally scheduled to start on March 26. Manfred said the dispute damaged the image of baseball. “It’s just a disaster for our sport, there’s no doubt about it. It should not happen, and it is important that we find a way to solve this, to bring the game back in advance, on the field, for our fans. “