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Rockies Black, Bridich discuss possibility of MLB canceling the 2020 season

Both acknowledged it's crossed their minds, but remain optimistic baseball will be played this year.
Credit: AP
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, third from left, listens to owner Dick Monfort talk, as manager Bud Black, left, and general manager, Jeff Bridich look on during a news conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The Rockies All-Star third baseman agreed to a $260 million, eight-year contract. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

DENVER — Baseball should be played in 2020. 

It should be.

Even though MLB has pushed back its season opener pretty much indefinitely, the league is still committed to playing "as many games as possible," according to Commissioner Rob Manfred during a conference call on Monday. 

On Thursday, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich and manager Bud Black held a conference call of their own with local Denver media.

While uncertainty still rules, and the health of players, staff and the general public remains the priority, both men admitted they have considered whether or not baseball will happen at all this year. 

"I'd be lying to say it hasn't crossed my mind," Bridich said when asked if he had thought about a cancelation of the 2020 season. "There's a lot of time I think that would have to pass between now and when that decision would have to be made."

The same question was then posed to Black. 

"I've thought about it, but as soon as I think about it I try to get rid of that thought as quickly as possible," Black said. "I try to think as optimistically as possible that this is going to turn around and we're going to play baseball. I still look at the calendar and see March 18, ask me June 18 and I might have a better answer." 

For now, the league has banned all organized activities at team facilities and almost all players have returned to wherever they call home. 

In the meantime, like everything these days, it's a lot of wait and see. 

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