Mike Francesa: Why Many MLB Owners Don't Want a Season in 2020

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June 15, 2020 - 7:16 pm

Mike Francesa responded to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's stunning reversal on Monday, when he backpedaled on his guarantee from last week that there would be a season in some shape or form.

Baseball fans were up in arms over the about face and the renewed prospect of having no season in 2020.

"Why'd he back off?" Francesa asked.

"Because the owners told him to back off. .. Never lose sight that Manfred is the owners' employee. That's it. And there are a bunch of owners who don't want any part of this. There are owners who are upset with the players' take, and there are owners who know they are going to do nothing but lose money in the regular season, and they don't have an appetite for it."

As always, the divide falls along economic lines, Mike explained.

"The big markets, they always want to play -- the Yankees, the Dodgers, the Cubs, the Red Sox. They always want to play. But the guys who are in the middle, they don't want to play -- a lot of them don't want to play, more than you think."

Ultimately, the media reports are all about negotiating, and there is no winner in the ongoing dispute, Mike said.

"So when you hear Manfred telling you that every owner is dying to play, they're 100 percent ready to play -- he's lying through his teeth. He's just trying to send a message. He's just trying to get [the players] to the table.

"I think the players are going to win .. but who cares? I don't care if the players win. Because nobody really wins. They both have already lost."