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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says season would be 60 games, 'no matter how negotiations went'

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says season would be 60 games, 'no matter how negotiations went'

Baseball is roughly three weeks away from returning to our lives and as everyone involved gears up for a 60-game sprint, the fallout from the league's failed negotiations continues. 

Commissioner Rob Manfred recently went on The Dan Patrick show to discuss the upcoming season as well as the challenges that came from a process that included so many offers and counteroffers. In one answer, he revealed the end result was inevitable. 

"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 said. "60 games is the outside of the envelope given the realities of the virus."

Considering negotiations went on for a grueling three months, these comments should make baseball fans feel terrific. They serve as another example at just how far apart the two sides were on a deal to resume play. 

"It's the calendar," he said. "We're playing 60 games in 63 days right now. 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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It's hard to ignore the players' refusal to accept further pay-cuts beyond their prorated salaries based on the number of games played as a potential factor in the shorter schedule. The union's offers routinely included schedules around 80-100 games, while the owners reportedly went as low as 50 games at one point during the talks. 

However, due to the expected resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall, it became paramount to get the season completed as soon as possible. Neither side could come to an agreement, so Manfred had to impose a 60-game season. 

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"We did get a suboptimal result from the negotiations in some ways," he said. "The fans aren't going to get an expanded postseason, which I think would've been good with the shortened season, and the players left some real money on the table. They left $25 million worth of playoff pools, $33 million worth of salary advancement, but that's what happens when you have a negotiation that instead of being collaborative, gets into a conflict situation." 

Supposedly the bright side in all this is we get baseball back, even if it's in a short season. The bad news? The relationship between the owners and players doesn't appear to be strong as we approach and new CBA in 2021.

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Nationals manager Davey Martinez gives piggyback ride to help Asdrúbal Cabrera celebrate 2nd homer

Nationals manager Davey Martinez gives piggyback ride to help Asdrúbal Cabrera celebrate 2nd homer

Davey Martinez has a new job: piggyback ride.

Asdrúbal Cabrera hopped on the Nationals manager Monday night following his second home run of the evening. Cabrera took a ride through a jubilant dugout in what became a rout for the struggling Nationals.

Cabrera homered twice Monday.

The idea was also partially a troll of a new member of the Mets, Brian Dozier. Dozier would hop on stout batting practice pitcher Ali Modami following a home run last season and ride through the dugout. Modami opted out of this season.

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The Nationals finally had something to dance about in the dugout after scoring 16 runs Monday night in Citi Field. They are 5-7 on the season.

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Nationals' rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early

Nationals' rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early

The 2020 MLB season has not been too kind to the New York Mets. Injuries and blown games have the team struggling out the gate, and though some could chalk that up to the "typical Mets," it doesn't make it any better.

Sitting at 7-9, the record could be worse, but high expectations have not been met early on in the shortened season. Things only got worse on Monday against the Nationals as New York found itself trailing 14-0 in the sixth inning. Remember, this is a baseball game, not football.

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The scene is something that isn't too unfamiliar for fans of the team, but one major difference is that there are no boos coming from the stands, or fans heading for the exits early. Instead, cardboard supporters stick it out no matter what the product on the field looks like.

Yet, that did not stop Twitter from getting in jokes about what was transpiring. To them, a realistic-feel to the contest would include the cardboard cutouts being carried away long before the last out is recorded and a different noise being piped in.

Even in a season where baseball doesn't feel normal, there are some things that remain the same. One of those is the Mets being the brunt of a joke. 

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