Missing Opening Day? Commissioner envisions national healing with return of baseball

Dave Uram
March 26, 2020 - 9:42 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This afternoon was supposed to be baseball's Opening Day.

With the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he isn't sure when baseball will be back. He shared his thoughts on what the season may look like.

"My optimistic outlook is that at some point in May we'll be gearing back up," he told ESPN.

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He said nothing is off the table as far as how the schedule might look, but he did say that, if it’s safe enough to return this year, 162 games is unrealistic.

"I think the goal would be together as many regular season games as possible and think creatively about how we can accomplish that."

Baseball won't come back — and fans won't be back in the stands — until it's safe. 

Manfred feels it’s crucial for fans to attend and said if they were not able to this year for safety reasons, it would be a real financial issue for the sport, but they would have to accept that reality.

However, the commissioner says he is confident baseball will be back at some point, and when it is, he thinks it will be part of the nation's recovery process.

"You know, I think it will mark a real milestone in the return to normalcy," he said.

The Phillies were supposed to be in Miami today, and their home opener was supposed to be next Thursday.