The likelihood of seeing the Giants or A's take the field in a 2020 MLB season continues to dwindle.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN's Mike Greenberg that he now "can’t tell you that I’m a 100 percent certain that’s gonna happen” during a conversation that will air Monday night on the network.
BREAKING: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred tells @Espngreeny that he’s “not confident” there will be a 2020 baseball season. “Unfortunately," Manfred said, "I can’t tell you that I’m a 100% certain that’s gonna happen.”— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 15, 2020
News at @espn: https://t.co/h1I6Yh5R55
"It's just a disaster for our game, absolutely no question about it. 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 said.
The commissioner has reversed course after saying on ESPN during Wednesday's telecast of the MLB Draft that "unequivocally we are going to play Major League Baseball this year."
The MLB Players' Association emphatically rejected the league's latest proposal on Saturday, which would have put in place a 72-game regular season with players getting a guaranteed 70 percent of their prorated salaries. MLBPA executive director Tony Clark wrote in a statement that "it unfortunately appears that further dialogue with the league would be futile. It's time to get back to work. Tell us when and where."
The MLB sent a letter to the MLBPA on Monday that states there will be no 2020 season unless the players waive any potential grievances against the league, the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin reports citing a source.
Source: In a letter today, MLB told the MLBPA there would be no 2020 season unless the players waived any legal claims against the league.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 15, 2020
Things have gotten uglier and uglier in recent weeks between the two sides, and Manfred's comments to ESPN only further put the possibility of a 2020 MLB season in more jeopardy.