On the eve of what was supposed to be Opening Day, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he will reveal his findings into the Red Sox cheating probe once baseball returns.
If an optimistic Manfred has his way, America’s pastime will be back some time in May.
“We’ll have to make a determination depending on what the precise date is as to how much of a preparation period we need,” Manfred told ESPN on Wednesday.
“Baseball will be back,” Manfred said. “Whenever it’s safe to play, we’ll be back. And our fans will be back.”
MLB shut down spring training as most professional sports leagues went on hiatus because of the coronavirus, and spring training likely would have to take place before the regular season were to begin.
Mandfred also said MLB is “probably not gonna be able to do” a 162-game season. “I think that’s clear,” he said.
Making matters more challenging for Manfred during MLB’s coronavirus-imposed hiatus, the league and the players union also are in the middle of negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, with its current one slated to expire in December 2021.
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