As baseball teeters, Rob Manfred’s words ring hollow

By Tyler Kepner

Bud Selig presided over a canceled World Series, which would seem to be about as bad as it gets for a baseball commissioner’s legacy. Yet his successor, Rob Manfred, may sink even lower. Manfred just might cancel the entire 2020 season.

On the First-Year Player Draft broadcast last week, Manfred said with absolute certainty — “100 percent” — that there would be a Major League Baseball season this year. On Monday, he told ESPN he was “not confident” there would be a season at all, because of the acrimony with the players’ union.

“It’s just a disaster for our game, absolutely no question about it,” Manfred added. “It shouldn’t be happening.”

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