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MLBPA rejects latest MLB proposal, commissioner expected to implement 60-game season

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The MLB hit yet another barricade this afternoon in its pursuit of a return-to-play schedule, and now, league commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to implement a season at the length of his choosing.

Today, the Major League Baseball Players Association executive board rejected the league’s 60-game offer with expanded playoffs by a final vote of 33-5, with the union releasing a statement on the matter shortly after.

“The MLBPA Executive Board met multiple times in recent days to assess the status of our effort to resume the 2020 season,” the union said. “Earlier this evening, the full Board reaffirmed the players’ eagerness to return to work as soon and as safely as possible. To that end we anticipate finalizing a comprehensive set of health and safety protocols with Major League Baseball in the coming days, and we await word from the league on the resumption of spring training camps and a proposed 2020 schedule.

“While we had hoped to reach a revised back to work agreement with the league, the Players remain fully committed to proceeding under our current agreement and getting back on the field for the fans, for the game, and for each other.”

Now, as USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports, Manfred is expected to implement a 60-game season set to begin July 29.

With this, the players retain their right to grieve the terms and conditions of the agreement they reached with the MLB back in March that allows for prorated pay. There is also a strong possibility some players choose not to play, while upcoming free agents could be forced to take a significant hit on the open market with less money to go around.

Above all else, failing to reach an agreement now kicks the can down the road to next offseason, likely sparking further questions and frustrating times for all parties involved.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer – among numerous other MLB players – expressed his concern with the sequence of events and what it means for the future of baseball.

“Fans want baseball. The vast majority of players want baseball. Most owners want baseball. Seems like everyone is in agreement yet we have no agreement and no baseball. How?” Bauer said on his Twitter page. “It’s absolute death for this industry to keep acting as it has been. Both sides. We’re driving the bus straight off a cliff. How is this good for anyone involved? Covid 19 already presented a lose-lose-lose situation and we’ve somehow found a way to make it worse. Incredible.

“If there’s going to be a fight, the time for that fight is after the ‘21 season when a new CBA is negotiated. 5 years of potential change,” Bauer continued. “We’re doing irreparable damage to our industry right now over rules that last AT MOST 16 months. WTF kind of sense does that make?”

While baseball is expected to be back in just over a month, it appears the frustrations are just getting started.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

11 Comments for MLBPA rejects latest MLB proposal, commissioner expected to implement 60-game season



  1. Robert
    7:43 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Really could care less.



    • bigblue98
      8:01 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      Agree with you – who cares? There are about four other sports I’d watch besides baseball. Truly feel sorry for the millionaire players and billionaire owners when there are millions out of work. Bunch of losers on both sides.



  2. UKLugo
    7:46 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Everyone will forget about it once they start playing.



  3. lizard king
    8:26 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Crap. Was hoping to see a little baseball. At least I don’t have to see a bunch of rich suppressed people protest the Flag.



  4. Lip Man 1
    8:35 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Jack: They’ll try to play but the virus will put a end to that line of thinking pretty quickly.



    • JEUofK
      8:47 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      We’ll make it through. The Mexican Pig Flu (H1N1) had 61,000,000 cases in the U.S., and almost 600,000 deaths worldwide. We survived.



    • Lip Man 1
      11:32 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      JEU: You can’t have a team if half your guys are in quarantine can you?



  5. ukkatzfan
    10:04 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Would have been a real good season for the owners to give the players everything they wanted. Wouldn’t had been much extra to finish the season. Next season, the owners will pay for their added stubbornness this year. Dollars to donuts that there will be a mid season walkout.



  6. Lip Man 1
    11:31 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Katz: I agree. owners have been screwing over the players the past few seasons.

    Manfred (aka The Idiot) said they’ll play a 60 game schedule tonight. LOL. An “illegitimate champion” will be decided…that is if the virus let’s them. Like Keith Olbermann wrote tonight, they couldn’t even make it through one week of voluntary workouts before having to close down every spring training facility.

    I wonder what the over/under is on them even being able to play one game?



    • lexattorney
      11:33 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      KSR scooped by a reader yet again—

      Sources: MLB targets 60-game season starting around July 24, assuming conditions met



  7. Dustin Rumbaugh
    10:43 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

    What have we learned from this kids? Owners are only viewing their ownership as a business opportunity. They’re just trying to turn 20 mil into 40 mil. They do not care a single bit “about the game.” If you ever thought they cared, you’re naive. If you asked any of them “baseball could completely die but you get a profit or baseball lives and you get a little less profit, which do you choose?” Every single one of them would choose the profits. Quit acting like these guys care at all about the sport.