Despite not being closer to a deal, MLB needs to wrap up before November, asserts Diamondbacks owner

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Posted on: June 4, 2020 10:13 pm EDT

No matter what, the MLB season will end no later than October, according to Ken Kendrick

There is no sign of a truce between MLB and the MLB Players Association regarding the beginning of the 2020 season. Several proposals have been passed back and forth between the two groups, but none of the parties have accepted each other’s deal. Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick shared his thoughts on this situation on Tuesday in an interview during the radio show “Burns and Gambo Show,” saying that MLB must approve a plan that concludes before November no matter what.

“We don’t want to take the risk of putting our players at jeopardy and our game in peril to be playing games beyond the end of October. So, our model is and will never be changed that we will not be playing baseball in the month of November or later,” said Kendrick. His declarations are based on the different proposals presented by the league and the players union. For instance, a 114-game season that goes until October 31 that was proposed by players. But the league wants to run a sliding pay scale cut that will affect the high-end players the most. And the owners are thinking more about a very short regular season but with no pay cuts because there are not enough funds to pay to all players due to the current situation.

Kendrick added, “There is not enough there to even get into a discussion about in terms of detail. The 114 games, if you look at it, would take baseball literally into the month of December. We all need to not forget that part of what has been in the air and much discussion from the player side as well as the owner side about the health crisis that we’ve all been facing.” Kendrick states that there is still a fear of the second wave of virus infections that can return aggressively this year, which could throw a monkey wrench into everyone’s plans.