Scott Boras responds to D-backs’ Kendrick; Hall confident in season

Jun 4, 2020, 10:35 AM | Updated: 4:43 pm
Sports agent Scott Boras responds to a question from the media during Major League Baseball's winte...
Sports agent Scott Boras responds to a question from the media during Major League Baseball's winter meetings in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The comments of Arizona Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick on Tuesday made waves in baseball as he emphatically rebuffed the idea of playing a 114-game season that would take the sport’s playing calendar into December this year.

Talking to Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo on Tuesday, Kendrick said the 114-game proposal from the players — which has since been rejected by MLB — was a “non-starter.” He expressed concern over the season going too long, especially as it relates to the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus cases.

Well-known player agent Scott Boras responded to the remarks (coincidentally, Kendrick also responded to a question about Boras in the same interview) as quoted by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

“The NFL and college football – contact sports – could be playing in November, let alone December,” Boras said. “MLB, a social distancing sport, says it can’t play playoffs in November. Apparently the NFL and NCAA medical experts think differently.”

Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall joined Arizona Sports’ Doug & Wolf Thursday morning and was talking to the radio hosts when Rosenthal’s story was released. Without having first seen Boras’ comments, Hall followed up on what Kendrick had said.

“First and foremost, we want it to be as close to a regular season and possible,” Hall said. “And with that, you want to stay within the time frame that you usually play. You want to be able to play in the home stadiums of those teams that are further along in the playoffs, and with that, you have to consider weather as a factor.

“We also don’t know enough about the virus. There’s going to be clearance from health officials; I think it’s with summer months in mind. There’s all this talk about worries and concerns of it returning or spiking again late fall or in the winter. That’s frightening. So we’ve got to make sure that we do have the safety of our players, our coaches, our staff, the umpires, everybody in mind. And that’s all factored in this.”

MLB and its players association have been quarreling over player compensation to allow the sport to return. Related to that issue is how many games are played, since players might have to settle for playing more games in order to earn the salaries they seek. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Wednesday that the possibility of a 50-game season is in play.

Hall is confident there will be a season, whether it be by reaching a deal or by the authority that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has to execute the start of a season.

“I am very confident, yeah. We’re going to play baseball, it’s a matter of how many games we play,” Hall said. “But I’m looking forward to it. I just wish we could do it in a very cooperative way. And of course there’s still time and hope for that. But we’re going to play. We just have to make sure there’s clearance publicly with the health agencies to get us out there safely.”

“We have to face it that there are some economic challenges for the teams and we have to make sure that the players understand those and trust those. So we’ve got some hurdles. But I would also say health protocol is an issue as well.”

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks' Sergio Alcantara (43) and Geraldo Perdomo, middle, celebrate after scoring ag...
Kellan Olson

Diamondbacks rally to beat Pirates, make up for odd defensive blunder

The Arizona Diamondbacks' seven runs in the seventh inning picked up starter Merrill Kelly after he was positioned for an undeserved loss.
1 day ago
Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn warms up in the outfield before a baseball game against the Ne...
Associated Press

‘Field of Dreams’ game Thursday sees Cubs, Reds clash

“Field of Dreams” gets another tribute when the Cincinnati Reds take on the Chicago Cubs in a throwback ballpark in the cornfields of Iowa.
2 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Daulton Varsho leaps in vain for a triple hit by Pittsburgh Pira...
Kellan Olson

Bizarre double play, replay review costs Diamondbacks in loss to Pirates

The D-backs loaded the bases with nobody out down 6-3 in the ninth inning against the Pirates before one of the strangest plays of the year.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles safety Marc...
Arizona Sports

Larry Fitzgerald, Pedro Gomez in 2022 Arizona Sports Hall of Fame class

Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald and late journalist Pedro Gomez are among the 2022 class entering the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
2 days ago
Tommy Henry #47 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a first inning pitch against the Pittsburgh Pi...
Kellan Olson

D-backs starting pitching stays hot, Henry’s first W takes down Pirates

Diamondbacks rookie Tommy Henry continued the strong run of form from the team's starting pitching lately in a win over the Pirates.
3 days ago
Pittsburgh Pirates' Rodolfo Castro, left, watches along with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Bar...
Haboob Blog

Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro loses phone while sliding into 3rd base at Chase Field

Now here's something you don't see very often on the diamond: a cell phone popping out of a players back pocket mid-game.
3 days ago
Scott Boras responds to D-backs’ Kendrick; Hall confident in season