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A 60-game season was always in the cards according to Rob Manfred

Rockies news and links for Thursday, July 2, 2020

Rob Manfred: MLB was set on 60-game 2020 season ‘no matter how negotiations with players went’ | CBS Sports

A 60-game season was always in the cards according to Rob Manfred. Despite negotiations and the phrase “in good-faith,” apparently Manfred always knew there would only be 60 games. His exact statement (below) is dangerous with the possibility of a grievance filed by the players union.

“The reality is,” Manfred said, “we weren’t going to play more than 60 games no matter how the negotiations with the players went.”

This statement was made in an interview on The Dan Patrick Show, and Manfred later back peddled a bit while also claiming the negotiations weren’t “collaborative.”

I said in a previous Rockpile that without an agreement the hostility would remain and be an issue later, and that statement still stands. Many believe that a labor stoppage is inevitable after the current CBA expires prior to the 2022 season.

Baseball is back, for now, but the animosity that was brewing this offseason is likely to continue after the 2021 season.

Rockies sign Competitive Balance pick Drew Romo | Purple Row

This was some big news if you missed it yesterday. The Rockies signed Drew Romo! This is great news and Romo is the final draftee to sign. The Rockies did it, they signed all of their draft picks and have an impressive draft class. There is still a chance the Rockies will sign undrafted free agents, but that is still to be determined.

Romo signed for his full slot value and opted out of his commitment to play Louisiana State University to join the Rockies organization.

Jeff Bridich and Bud Black stress safety and uncertainty during the 2020 season | Purple Row

Jeff Bridich on Ian Desmond opting out and signing Matt Kemp | Purple Row

I’m going a bit unconventional here and linking two articles together. Jeff Bridich and Bud Black spoke with the media on Monday and Bridich spoke to them again on Tuesday afternoon. The first discussion was really based around the season and safety during these unprecedented times and a shorter season. The second conference was primarily focused on Ian Desmond opting out and Matt Kemp joining the Rockies on a minor league deal.

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