Just one week after saying he’s “100%” sure in a 2020 Major League Baseball season happening, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on Monday’s The Return of Sports special that he’s now “not confident” in a 2020 season.

Via ESPN’s Jeff Passan:

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN on Monday he’s “not confident” there will be a 2020 baseball season and that “as long as there’s no dialogue” with the MLB Players Association, “that real risk is going to continue.”

“I’m not confident. I think there’s real risk; and as long as there’s no dialogue, that real risk is gonna continue,” Manfred said when asked if he was confident there would be a season.

“I had been hopeful that once we got to common ground on the idea that we were gonna pay the players’ full prorated salary, that we would get some cooperation in terms of proceeding under the agreement that we negotiated with the MLBPA on March 26,” Manfred told ESPN. “Unfortunately, over the weekend, while Tony Clark was declaring his desire to get back to work, the union’s top lawyer was out telling reporters, players and eventually getting back to owners that as soon as we issued a schedule — as they requested — they intended to file a grievance claiming they were entitled to an additional billion dollars. Obviously, that sort of bad-faith tactic makes it extremely difficult to move forward in these circumstances.”

Shortly after Manfred’s comments were made public, many MLB players took to Twitter to show their frustration.

First, we’ll start with the tweet from MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark, who said that the players are “disgusted” over Manfred’s comments.

And now some of the many tweets from players:

Just a total mess for Manfred and MLB. Even if there’s actually a season played in 2020, the relationship between the players and the league figures to be in bad shape for a long while.

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