Major League Baseball finally took a positive step towards restarting the season

Major League Baseball finally took a positive step towards restarting the season

In it, he makes clear the union's position regarding the present state of negotiations regarding the attempted launch of a 2020 season.

Almost a week after the MLBPA threw down the "tell us when and where" gauntlet and changed the tenor of negotiations with baseball's owners, it's time for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to do something drastic and similar now.

The length of the season is one of the final issues Major League Baseball and the union still have to hammer out.

Clark and commissioner Rob Manfred met in Arizona on Tuesday to negotiate a new proposal to restart the 2020 season, which was suspended indefinitely March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The proposal from Major League Baseball that got the season back on track reportedly includes full pro-rated pay for players, the demand they never wavered from, over a 60-game season. It is unequivocally false to suggest any tentative agreement or other agreement was reached in that meeting.

That could set the stage for a settlement of 65 or so games, depending on how willing owners might be to incur more expenses to what commissioner Rob Manfred called "a jointly developed framework" he and union chief Tony Clark developed in a meeting Tuesday. "We submitted that counterporposal today". Offering players their full pro-rated salaries was an admission that the owners are desperate to avoid a possible grievance against them and to salvage as much revenue as they can.

In Wednesday's proposal, the league asked the union to waive any grievance. Those were the two most pressing issues jeopardizing a 2020 season. Only four days earlier he had guaranteed a season, which many believed at minimum he would call for a season of around 50 games.

Option A: The 60-game proposal from Wednesday, including full prorated salary. The league offered $33 million in forgiveness.

Manfred, though, is so confident an agreement will soon be reached that he has instructed teams to begin moving more earnestly in their plans for a season. There are reports circulating that there are between six and eight owners who no longer want a season to be played, and it would take just eight to reject any agreement.

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