With growing uncertainty of both the format of a potential baseball season in 2020 and also the possibility, Orioles general manager Mike Elias is still confident baseball will be played.
On a conference call with reporters just two days before the MLB Draft, potentially the only major MLB event of the summer, Elias didn't waver on his optimism about the 2020 season.
"I think we're going to play," Elias said. "I don't know what the length and structure of the season is going to be, that's really hard to predict right now with the discussions that are ongoing. But I'm very confident that we're going to play."
The latest news, as it relates to negotiations about how baseball will return to play, however, hasn't been promising that a deal is imminent.
MLB has made proposal to Players. 75 percent Prorated salary. 76 game season. Playoff pool money. No draft pick compensation for signing player. Season finishes September 27th. Post season ends at end of October. Significant move towards players demands and effort to play more.
— Karl Ravech (@karlravechespn) June 8, 2020
They're essentially saying, with every offer:
Here's how much we think we can pay out in salaries. You decide how many games you want to play.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) June 8, 2020
Each week, and day, that passes means baseball will be pushed further and further into the end of summer. The possibility of a July 4 start has gone by the wayside, as both MLB and the MLBPA work to strike a deal to return baseball to play.
While the format and structure of a potential season is still to be decided, Elias is confident something can be worked out.
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Orioles GM Mike Elias very confident 2020 MLB season will resume play originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington