Pirates GM Cherington Optimistic On The Return Of Baseball

Nick Horwat
May 02, 2020 - 10:33 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) Pittsburgh Pirates general manager, Ben Cherington joined Dan Zangrilli on The Fan this morning to discuss the what the near future holds for the team and possible return to play for a 2020 season.

Cherington remains optimistic that a season can be played, pointing out the motivation that he sees with teams, their players, and league offices.

“My optimism is driven through the knowledge of how motivated the people at the league office and the players themselves are towards finding a way to play,” Cherington said. “When you have those groups highly motivated toward something, it gives me optimism that we will find a solution that works.”

Cherington also noted that the public is on the same level of knowledge that he is on what options the league is suggesting to play baseball this season.

“Frankly, everything is on the table… the reason for my optimism is less about any particular plan or piece of information I have that no one else has, we all have mostly the same information.”

Before any games can be played, the state of Pennsylvania has to approve the notion that it is safe for the teams and everyone involved.

Cherington said there has been regular discussions between the Pirates and health experts and groups of the government body.

“There has been a consistant dialogue between the Pirates and several groups,” Cherington said. “Both government bodies and our friends and partners at Allegheny Health Network.”

The team has been conducting weekly calls with them for guidance and hope that they continue to stay informed in attempts to get back to normal life, and not just baseball.

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