The MLB commissioner Rob Manfred rejected the new 70-game restarting plan proposed by the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday, rebooking the soap opera of when the suspended top baseball league will come back for a new season. Now this has been the players' hardline stance the entire time. After meeting in person in Phoenix earlier in the week, the sides agreed they had made progress on an agreement but the league reportedly thought they had struck in agreement in principle while the union believed there was still work to be done.
One of the biggest hurdles left is how many games will be played.
Sources revealed that the proposal will include a 60-game season beginning around July 19 with full prorated pay to the MLBPA.
The primary sticking point had been about money, with the union remaining steadfast that players receive a full prorated amount of their salaries and the owners reluctant to do so until finally relenting. "It is unequivocally false to suggest that any tentative agreement or other agreement was reached in that meeting".
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The union offered an 89-game season in its latest proposal, so there does still appear to be a lot of ground to make up. I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today.
The players union has complained that the league is attempting to play the fewest number of games possible. A 2020 Major League Baseball season could feature a truncated schedule, a new playoff format and at least one significant rule change.
Thanks to the first face-to-face meeting between commissioner Rob Manfred and Players Association executive director Tony Clark since March, there is now at least some optimism the 2020 baseball season can be salvaged.
If the only thing that is preventing this framework from becoming the real deal is the season length, it's once again coming down to the frugality of the owners.
As for recent indications that ownership was upset that the union had issued a counterproposal, Clark says it isn't just his side's decision.