MLB own­ers re­ject play­ers’ lat­est pro­posal

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Ma­jor League Base­ball own­ers won’t counter the play­ers’ pro­posal for a 70-game sea­son, the MLB Play­ers Associatio­n an­nounced Fri­day, once again leav­ing the start of the 2020 sea­son in limbo.

Ac­cord­ing to The Ath­letic’s Ken Rosen­thal, own­ers will hold dis­cus­sions this week­end to de­ter­mine their next steps. MLB Net­work’s Jon Hey­man re­ported that play­ers likely will vote on Saturday on whether to ac­cept the own­ers’ lat­est pro­posal that called for a 60game reg­u­lar sea­son.

MLBPA said in a state­ment on Fri­day night that “MLB has in­formed the Associatio­n that it will no longer re­spond to our lat­est pro­posal and will not play more than 60 games. Our Ex­ec­u­tive Board will con­vene in the near fu­ture to de­ter­mine next steps. Im­por­tantly, Play­ers re­main com­mit­ted to get­ting back to work as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The news is the lat­est of an on­go­ing saga that has seen nu­mer­ous coun­ter­pro­pos­als and re­ports of progress to­ward a deal soon fol­lowed by news that the two sides again seem far apart. Last Saturday, the play­ers re­jected the own­ers’ pro­posal for a re­ported 72-game sea­son, then added fur­ther ne­go­ti­a­tions would be fu­tile.

“Tell us when and where” the sea­son will be­gin, the play­ers’ state­ment that day con­cluded.

But on Tues­day, MLB com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred and MLBPA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tony Clark met, with Man­fred stat­ing af­ter­ward a jointly de­vel­oped frame­work could form the ba­sis of an agree­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the own­ers’ of­fer at that time was for 60 games with the play­ers re­ceiv­ing full pro-rated salaries. The MLBPA, how­ever, coun­tered with a plan for a 70-game sea­son, lead­ing to Fri­day’s re­jec­tion by the own­ers.

The im­passe leaves the play­ers with two op­tions: Ac­cept the own­ers’ 60-game of­fer or re­ject the of­fer and force Man­fred to im­ple­ment his own sched­ule.

Hey­man re­ported that Man­fred would set a sched­ule of 50-60 games.

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