St. Louis Cardinals News: Results from Manfred’s meeting with Trump

SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 12: Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 12, 2019 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, and technology spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 12: Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 12, 2019 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, and technology spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) /
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On Saturday, all major sports commissioners had a conference call with Donald Trump. What did we learn about the future of the St. Louis Cardinals season?

In a pretty unusual event, President Donald Trump held a press conference with all major sports commissioners to discuss the future of their respective seasons. The St. Louis Cardinals are not at as much of a risk to lose their entire season as the NHL and the NBA, but there is definitely a world where there is no baseball this season.

The call (which happened at noon on Saturday) included some real star power from the sports world.

Along with Rob Manfred, there was Gary Bettman of the NHL, Adam Silver of the NBA, Don Garber of the MLS, Cathy Engelbert of the WNBA, Vince McMahon of the WWE (and XFL), Roger Goodell of the NFL, Jay Monahan of the PGA Tour, Dana White of the UFC, Michael Whan of the LPGA, Drew Fleming of the Breeders Cup, and Roger Penske of IndyCar.

That’s a lot of powerful people.

According to USA Today, the meeting was fairly confidential and there aren’t many tidbits of knowledge that can be found about what exactly was discussed. However, there are a few things that can be viewed as good signs on the question of whether or not there will be an MLB season.

The biggest news to come from the conference call is about the NFL. While the NFL is moving to a “virtual” draft (scheduled for the end of April), Trump said he was hopeful that the NFL season will open on time.

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While hopes don’t necessarily mean anything in a situation like this, and Trump has been proven wrong at times with his timelines, if the NFL season begins on time, the MLB would have a good chance to get a chunk of games in this year.

As of today, the first game for the NFL’s 2020 season is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10. That is much later than I think anyone wants baseball to start, but say baseball starts then, they could still easily play up to two months (or more) of “regular season” games in warm-weather sites before having a postseason. Add on one or two doubleheaders a week, and the MLB could get close to 75 games in before going to the postseason.

That is abysmal, but it’s better than nothing. At this point, I would take it.

Another positive, the PGA just announced rescheduled tour dates, with the PGA Tour set to take place on Aug 6-9. Golf is one sport that may be better without fans, but if they are playing then, there’s a good chance baseball is too.

dark. Next. Paul DeJong vs. the shortstops of the NL Central

As fans, we may not get to watch the games in person when they happen, but it’s better than nothing at all.

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