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Manfred says he’s ‘100 Percent Sure’ Baseball will Return in 2020

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a press conference during MLB baseball owners meetings, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Although fans might feel the odds they’ll see baseball in 2020 drop lower by the day, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says they needn’t be worried.

He says he’s “100 percent sure” a 2020 baseball season will happen.

The season, which was initially delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, has been held up as MLB officials try to strike a deal with the Players Association for the abbreviated year.

The latest proposal from the Players Association calls for an 89-game season and full prorated salaries.

In an interview with ESPN Wednesday, Manfred revealed league officials have put together a “responsive proposal” to the offer that he hopes will seal the deal. He calls the counteroffer “another significant move in the players’ direction in terms of the salary issue that has kept us apart.”

If a deal isn’t reached on the current proposal, Manfred says a 48-game season is being considered as a backup plan.

“You know what? I think at the end of the day the most important thing is that we play Major League Baseball in 2020,” Manfred says. “And I can tell you unequivocally we are gonna play Major League Baseball this year.”

Regardless of Manfred’s comments, do you think there’s still a chance baseball won’t be back this year?