“#Yankees’ Randy Levine urges resolution to MLB mess”
June 16, 2020 | 2:40pm
Levine has been in constant touch with Rob Manfred and firmly believes MLB’s commissioner wants some sort of a baseball season that has been stalled since March 12 due to the coronavirus.
“I have been speaking to the commissioner every day. I know he is dedicated and wants to badly play a baseball season. I also believe that the players are the heart and soul of the game. I have said they are patriots and believe that,” Levine said Tuesday in a statement. “Under the March 26 agreement, the commissioner has the right to schedule the games as long as the players are paid pro rata. I don’t believe that the issue is any longer about the number of games or money.”
According to Levine there are other issues.
“What I understand it is about is negotiating and reaching a conclusion on other items in the March agreement such as the health and safety protocols, the conditions for players to opt out, what happens if there is a second wave of the virus and the season is paused again and issues such as that,” Levine explained. “The commissioner has assured me that he is ready to get in a room and finalize these issues. The players agreed to negotiate them in the March agreement. So let’s get everyone in a room now and resolve these issues so we can play ball.”
As per that March 26 agreement, Manfred can implement a specific amount of games (think 50ish) if the sides can’t agree on a deal.
Last week Manfred said 100 percent there would be a baseball season. Monday, he was no longer confident that would happen. Since Levine believes Manfred “badly wants to play a baseball season” there is hope the sides can find some way to avoid 2020 becoming one of the darkest years in baseball history.
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