NEW YORK – Rob Manfred knows many fans were angered by the financial fight between Major League Baseball and the players' association during a pandemic.

"We need to get back on the field, and we need to in a less-charged environment start to have conversations about how we — and the we in that sentence is the commissioner's office, my staff, the clubs and the MLBPA and the players — can be better going forward," he said Wednesday. "We owe it to our fans to be better than we've been last three months."

Once the coronavirus ended spring training and complicated hopes to return, MLB and the union reached mid-'90s levels of labor strife before Manfred imposed a 60-game season.

Union head Tony Clark didn't apologize.

"The focus here was on a day's wage for a day's worth of work," he said Wednesday. "That's what we believed was fair, and that's why we maintained the position that we did."

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