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Mar 25, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; On deck mat with MLB logo and gear in the first inning during a spring training game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Toronto Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

In what’s becoming the theme of a spring-long squabble, MLBPA head Tony Clark has fired another shot at the MLB in the wake of commissioner Rob Manfred’s remark that he’s “not confident” that there will be a 2020 season.

This latest jab from Clark and the players comes with the union viewing Manfred’s comment as a threat thrown the union’s way.

“Players are disgusted that after Rob Manfred unequivocally told Players and fans that there would ‘100 percent’ be a 2020 season, he has decided to go back on his word and is now threatening to cancel the entire season,” Clark’s statement read. “Any implication that the Players Association has somehow delayed progress on health and safety protocols is completely false, as Rob has recently acknowledged the parties are ‘very, very close.’”

As you can see, things are going very well here.

“This latest threat is just one more indication that Major League Baseball has been negotiating in bad faith since the beginning.” Clark’s statement added. “This has always been about extracting additional pay cuts from Players and this is just another day and another bad faith tactic in their ongoing campaign.”

The MLB has also threatened to cancel the season unless players waived any legal claims made against the league, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. Oh, and ‘several players and staff members’ have tested positive for COVID-19, per an MLB letter obtained by the Associated Press on Monday night.

So, again, as you can see, things are going very well here.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.