ESPN’s Karl Ravech spoke to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred this weekend, and shared a shocking quote to his Twitter account following the dialog.
In the quote, Manfred appears to place blame on the players themselves for the rash of optimistic COVID-19 assessments which have led to postponed games across the league, earlier than defiantly doubling down on his dedication to maintain the season going regardless of the optimistic assessments.
“We are playing,” Manfred stated, in accordance to Ravech. “The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable.”
This MLB season has been, to put it merely, a multitude. After negotiations for the season dragged on for weeks (with the players’ union alleging that MLB was merely trying to limit the number of games for cost-saving purposes) the 2 sides settled on a 60-game season with little margin for error.
With the NBA, MLS, and NWSL enjoying in distant bubbles, MLB went the opposite approach, enjoying video games in dwelling stadiums with groups touring to and from. They had a testing plan in place, however with so many video games in such a good window, and assessments taking lengthy to course of, it was lower than per week earlier than the league had its first major outbreak with the Marlins.
The league has since had extra optimistic assessments, and it appears that Manfred is now going to try to place the blame for these outbreaks on the players themselves … as opposed to the league.
Considering the NBA, MLS, and NWSL are all displaying how it may be carried out, it looks as if a fairly daring technique of Manfred to try to put this on the players, and never on the league’s technique (or lack thereof) itself.