“MLB can get through playoffs” are the words of a confident Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.
This coming just one day after hearing Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain opting out of the rest of the season. Cain became the 16th player to do so in just the 11 days of this already shortened season.
This season has also seen 19 postponements due to COVID-19. Miami and Philadelphia both postponed games for an entire week. St. Louis’ three-game weekend series at Milwaukee was also postponed.
“I think that if everybody does what they are supposed to do, we can continue to play, have a credible season and get through the postseason,” Manfred said.
As each day goes by and every new case is announced, the fans become more and more doubtful there will be a champion crowned.
“I don’t think it’s realistic to think that we’re not going to have any more positive tests,” Manfred said. “We’re going to be fluid. We think it’s manageable and we’re going to continue to try to manage it.”
As a fan though, how many more positive tests will be allowed before the plug is pulled on the 2020 season? How many more games get postponed due to fear of an outbreak because of a positive test, before the season is permanently postponed?
“This is kind of a day-to-day thing right now,” Manfred said. “You’ve just got to get up in the morning and figure out a way to keep going through another day to stay safe for people.”
Manfred also addressed the fact that not all teams will make it to 60 games:
“We’ve got to be flexible on that,” Manfred said. “Look, this is one of the reasons that we revisited the issue off the expanded playoffs. If it turns out that some guys play 60, some guys play 58, they have this new thing called winning percentage. We can sort that out.”
As changes are made daily to help get MLB to the finish line, so do the number of cases of COVID-19, players opting out of the season and games being postponed.
If Commissioner Mandred says he’s confident MLB can get through the playoffs, then I am ready to see baseball in October.