After another week of conjecture and negotiations surrounding the start of the 2020 MLB season, we finally have some optimistic news from a visible current player who is quite confident baseball will get started up in the near future.
On Pat McAfee's show, Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer claimed that there is "no way" the 2020 season will get cancelled, lending more credence to the theory (at the very least) that players will play if Rob Manfred is forced to mandate his own schedule.
"I'm very confident that a season will be back, like 95-to-100% that we play baseball this year," Bauer said. "I think that we have a long history of obviously negotiating with each other, as the MLBPA and MLB."
Bauer, one of the players leading the charge for 82 games and pro-rated salaries, is just a week removed from attacking Scott Boras for trying to insert himself and his agenda into the players' negotiations. You'd think if there was any player who thinks the season isn't going to happen, it would be Bauer, given how public he has been in his scathing critiques of ownership. Even if he might seem foolishly optimistic, the positive thinking is good to see.
Even as it looks less likely by the day that a proper amount of games will be played in 2020, Bauer is still cautiously optimistic that the season can get started in earnest at some point in the near future.
Like he said, the players want to play.