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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred “not confident” there will be a 2020 season

Getty ImagesMLB and MLBPA yet to reach agreement over return to playLeague will reportedly not proceed with schedule unless legal claims droppedPlayers union claims commissioner ‘decided to go back on his word’Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner Rob Manfred has told ESPN he is “not confident” there will be a 2020 season amid an ongoing standoff with the MLB Players Association (MLBPA). Manfred said less than a week ago that he was “100 per cent” sure that MLB would return to play this year despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the MLBPA has since turned down the league’s latest proposal to start the season, which called for a 72-game campaign and guaranteed 70 per cent of players’ prorated salaries. In an official statement rejecting the offer on 14th June, the MLBPA also said ‘further dialogue with the league would be futile’, adding: ‘It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where. ’“I'm not confident,” said Manfred, when asked by ESPN about the likelihood of a 2020 season.

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