Not long after Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was caught on a hot microphone criticizing MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for an apparent social justice publicity stunt, Van Wagenen issued an apology to Manfred and clarified that the idea was actually that of Mets COO Jeff Wilpon.
Van Wagenen's official statement can be seen below:
Jeff Wilpon called Commissioner Manfred this afternoon to notify him that our players voted not to play. They discussed the challenges of rescheduling the game. Jeff proposed an idea of playing the game an hour later. I misunderstood that this was the Commissioner's idea. In actuality, this was Jeff's suggestion. The players had already made their decision so I felt the suggestion was not helpful. My frustration with the Commissioner was wrong and unfounded. I apologize to the Commissioner for my disrespectful comments and poor judgement in inaccurately describing the contents of his private conversation with Jeff Wilpon.
In addition, Van Wagenen mentioned that he apologized to Manfred privately.
The full video of Van Wagenen's initial discussion where he criticizes Manfred and the idea of the hour-long delay can be seen here, along with a transcript of the conversation:
Manfred later released his own statement, saying that he has not attempted to prevent any form of protests in MLB.
The Mets and Marlins took the field at around 7:10 pm ET, exited their dugouts for a 42-second moment of silence, and left the field.
RADIO.COM Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman says that the two teams will not play.