While the Twitterverse thought MLB commissioner Rob Manfred accidentally confessed Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show that it was always MLB’s intention to play a 60-game season, Manfred clarified Thursday what he meant.
“My point was that no matter what happened with the union, the way things unfolded with the second spike,’’ Manfred told USA TODAY Sports, “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.’’
The two sides never could come to an agreement, with Manfred exercising his rights under the March 26 agreements, scheduling a 60-game season.
“As it turned out, the reality was there was only time to play 60 games,’’ Manfred said. “If we had started an 82-game season [beginning July 1], we would have had people in Arizona and Florida the time the second spike hit.’’
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MLB, which had 40 players test positive in a week – including eight players and staff members of the Philadelphia Phillies – shut down all of their spring-training sites in Arizona and Florida on June 19. If teams were in spring training camps at the time, all the players and coaches may have been sent home a second time.