New York Mets' general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was caught on a hot mic Thursday, seemingly suggesting that the league was attempting to turn a potential boycott of Thursday's game into a publicity stunt that still ended with the team playing as scheduled against the New York Mets.
"Baseball is trying to come up with a solution - the three of us in here, this can't leave this room - and they're saying 'You know what would be really great? If you just have them all take the field, and then they leave the field, and then they come back and play at 8:10.' And I was like 'What?'"
At this point in the video, one of the two other unidentified men in the room with Van Wagenen asked who made this suggestion. Van Wagenen says "Rob," seemingly referring to commissioner Rob Manfred. Van Wagenen continued:
"He [Manfred] goes 'Jeff [Wilpon], scheduling is going to be a nightmare. There's so much at stake.' And I said, 'Jeff, that is not happening. These guys are not playing. They are not playing.' But that's Rob's instinct, and Rob is at that leadership level and he doesn't get it. He just doesn't get it."
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At 7:10 pm ET, both the Mets and the Marlins took the field for a 42-second moment of silence, presumably in honor of Jackie Robinson. Then, both teams exited the field and went back inside their respective dugouts, leaving only a Black Lives Matter shirt at home plate.
We will update this story as more details emerge...