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Rob Manfred backtracks after saying 60-game MLB season was always the plan

In an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday commissioner Rob Manfred said that playing more than 60 games was never an option due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“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.

On Thursday, Manfred was forced to clarify his statement, which seemed to be either damage control or an admission that the contentious back and forth between MLB and the players association was a waste of everyone’s time.

“My point was that no matter what happened with the union, the way things unfolded with the second spike,” Manfred told USA Today. “We would have ended up with only time for 60 games, anyway. As time went on, it became clearer and clearer that the course of the virus was going to dictate how many games we could play.”

His initial comments flew in the face of the narrative that surrounded the negotiations, which centered on pro-rated pay for a longer season. At separate points, Manfred and the owners proposed 86, 76 and 72-game seasons with a percentage of players’ pro-rated salaries.

When those talks fell through, Manfred implemented a 60-game schedule. Wednesday, the commissioner said it would have been 60 games all along.

“I think this is the one thing we come back to every single day: we’re trying to manage something that has proven to be unpredictable and unmanageable,” Manfred said on the radio show. “I know it hasn’t looked particularly pretty in spots, but having said that, if we can pull off this 60-game season, I think it was the best we were going to do for our fans given the course of the virus.

“It’s the calendar. 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.”

Over the span of three months, MLB and the union traded barbs more than legitimate proposals. Players wanted pro-rated pay and owners didn’t want to give it to them for anything more than 60 games.

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