Former Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Jim Leyland told the Cook and Joe show that he is optimistic that baseball can return this season
"I think there is a strong possibility it can.” Leyland said. “I think it’s a real delicate issue right now because, number one, and I give baseball credit, they're talking about health first. That's going to be the priority, that has to be the priority. I think it's a real sensitive issue when you talk about it right now because people are struggling, people are losing loved ones and I think baseball is in a real delicate spot so I think this has to be handled real carefully and I think the commissioner is making every effort to do that."
“Hopefully we'll be able to move past this,“ Leyland added. "I think we will eventually, but I think that they would have taken a pretty sound beating in the different parks as they went through this season. Maybe some of that'll wear off now because of the situation we are in, but they definitely made a serious mistake and they were definitely wrong and they paid a pretty serious price for it.”
"He's close to my heart," Leyland said. "He kinda had to go through the process like I did. I reminded him - guys like him and myself - we had to earn the players resect.
"In spring training, it looked like had really established himself well with the players."