MLB set to submit 2020 season restart plan to players’ union by next week, reports say


The Major League Baseball is currently on hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we may soon have an idea of ​​the return of baseball. At least one team, the Cleveland Indians, would have told players to prepare for a potential opening day on July 1. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan announced that the MLB could go to the MLB Players Association with a proposal to start the 2020 season in the coming days.

Here’s what Passan said on an ESPN show:

“The expectation around baseball right now is that Major League Baseball is going to come to the Players’ Association with a plan in the next few days to a week or more, and meanwhile we’re going to have a much better idea of when baseball could actually start in the United States. ”

Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds that the league’s proposal will be an ideal situation that would include a start to the regular season in early July and reports that it should arrive early next week “at the latest”. Here’s more from Sherman:

By the beginning of next week at the latest – perhaps even before the end of this week – the MLB plans to present a proposal to the Players’ Association which will include what is currently the most optimistic hope: what would look like a season if spring training 2.0 started in June and the regular season in July?

… But the MLB recognizes that it has to start a process as if the most rosy scenario is playing out because, if it is indeed possible, then there is so much to accomplish by then.

Going to MLBPA with a plan and finalizing a plan are two very different things. Everyone is concerned about security. This is the top priority. MLBPA will also want to ensure that travel is not expensive and that players are not separated from their families for long periods of time. There will be proposals and counter-proposals. The plan will be revised several times, no doubt.

“We want to play. As players, we want to play “, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said earlier this week. “While these ideas find their way into mainstream media, there are ideas that seem to make sense, there are others that don’t follow very well. All of them are seen in the context of coming back to the field and giving our guys the opportunity to do what they love to do. “

MLB and MLBPA Resolve Several March Outage Issues. “Each of the parties must work in good faith as soon as possible to start, play and end the most economically complete 2020 championship season and post-season,” said the agreement. Translation: MLB and MLBPA must agree on everything. One side cannot force the other to start the season.

MLB player wages remain top concern MLBPA and the league before a possible 2020 season, adds Sherman. The league is expected to offer a salary range in the coming days, according to Sherman. More:

The union insists that the end-March agreement assured players that they would be paid prorated 2020 wages based on games played this year. The Office of the Commissioner said that the agreement specified that other wage recourse should be considered if the games were played without the revenues from the presence of spectators – and it is understood that at least initially there will be no fans, so no money taken for the sale of tickets, souvenirs, parking, concessions and luxury suites.

MLB also hopes to play as many games as possible in its hometowns this year. Plans that involve removing some or all of the teams from hubs like Arizona or Florida will be logically difficult, if not impossible. MLB city matches allow players and staff to live in their homes and to isolate themselves easily, among other things.


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