Coronavirus: Manfred says there is '100 per cent' chance of MLB season

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has vowed there will be a 2020 season following the coronavirus pandemic.

The MLB campaign was due to start in March, however, the season has been delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Despite uncertainty over the season, Manfred told MLB Network: "We're going to play baseball in 2020, 100 per cent.

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"If it has to be under the March 26 agreement, if we get to that point in the calendar, so be it. But one way or the other, we're playing Major League Baseball." 

The players union and teams have been unable to come to an agreement on the financial guidelines and the number of games to be played.

Manfred said he would impose a starting date on his own if a deal could not be worked out. 

MLB proposed a 76-game schedule to the players union that would guarantee the players 50 per cent of their prorated salaries, with the union countering with an 89-game season and a full proration of salaries. 

Manfred did not give specifics on when the delayed season may begin and how many regular-season games there would be, but MLB has the right to construct a season of approximately 50 games if no deal is reached. 

"I remain committed to the idea that the best thing for our sport is to reach a negotiated agreement with the MLBPA that plays as many games as possible for our fans," Manfred said.

"We do have rights under the March 26 agreement and there could come a point in time where we exercise those rights."

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