MLB 2020 update season: Owners will not approve more than 60 games, players will likely vote on Saturday


The heavy negotiations between players and owners over the 2020 MLB season structure took another turn on Friday. According to a statement by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), the owners will not make a revised proposal for the players. Here is just the entire statement:

“MLB has informed the Association that it will not respond to our latest offer, and will not be playing more than 60 games. Our Board of Directors will be convening in the near future to determine the next steps. Above all, the Players remain determined to get back to work as soon as possible. “

MLB recently offered the 60 game union of the season with full prorated pay for players in return for expanding the playoffs in 2020 and 2021, and a commitment not to grieve against the owners . Some owners and perhaps Commissioner Rob Manfred believed that recent Manfred’s face-to-face union with the head of Tony Clark has resulted in an agreement. However, that was not the case, and the counter-players of a 70-game regular season. To hear from the MLB say, the owners are not expandable again after making their first real deal for the first time throughout this.

Jon Heyman reports that players will likely vote on Saturday to accept the most recent offer of 60 games or allow Manfred to set the schedule, by the March 26 agreement in which the player’s compensation for in 2020 was agreed. In this agreement, Manfred players granted the power to implement a season of sound structure and owners of choice, both prorated wages were paid based on the number of regular season games. Also, according to HeymanManfred will in fact set a schedule of 50-60 games if players vote on the 60-game proposal. In turn, however, the players almost certainly disagree to expand the current 10-team playoff structure, whose ownership wants to grow to 16 teams.

Assuming it’s not just gesticulation management, it’s now up to the players to decide. What would it mean to accept the 60-game offerings with playoffs extended to 16 teams for 2020 and 2021 or to allow Manfred to endure a season with the old playoff format, their right to grieve intact, and 50-60 games.

It should be noted, however, that the owners have supposedly been negotiating for a while and are unwilling to grant full pro-rata wages in accordance with the March agreement. Manfred and Clark’s meeting, however, marked a reboot. Given the escalation of the trajectory of these negotiations, remember that Manfred guaranteed a season before, days later, expressing doubt that the season will take place – perhaps this is too much to say that it is the turn definitive.

Players who have already stated that they will be ready to play, under the terms of the March agreement, under Manfred’s chosen structure. “Tell us when and where” was the messaging and rallying cry that the players marked first end of negotiations. This option appears to be one of the two remaining routes for 2020 of the season.


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