The negotiations between MLB and the MLB Players’ Association hit a new low on Monday, as league commissioner Rob Manfred publicly said he’s no longer 100 percent confident there will be an MLB season in 2020.
Players around the league fired back on social media, exasperated by the continuing inability for the two sides to come to an agreement.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr seems to have more confidence in the prospects of a 2020 MLB season, he isn’t being blindsided by the current predicament the league currently faces.
“I don’t think this is that surprising that baseball is where they are right now.”
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) June 16, 2020
“It wouldn’t shock me to see just a sprint to the finish 50-game season or something,” Kerr said to 95.7 The Game on Monday afternoon. “I don’t really know anything that you guys don’t, but I think there’s reason for both sides to want to get together and play, but I think for baseball there’s been sort of a looming labor crisis, you guys know that very well.
“Over the last couple years, you could sense that coming, so between the pandemic and some economic issues, I don’t think this is that surprising that baseball is where they are right now.”
MLB’s most recent proposal involving a 72-game regular season and a guaranteed 70 percent of players’ prorated salaries being guaranteed emphatically was rejected by the MLBPA on Saturday, with executive director Tony Clark sending a strongly-worded statement that ended with “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”
Kerr is one of the NBA’s most comfortable personalities when it comes to speaking on issues outside of basketball, and has a wide range of experiences in having been an NBA player, coach and executive at different stages of his life.
Significant doubt has been cast on the future of MLB. Hopefully, Kerr can be proven right and the two sides eventually come to a resolution that satisfies both parties.
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