MLB, MLBPA Still Apart On Length Of Potential Season

MLB, MLBPA Still Apart On Length Of Potential Season

The union offered an 89-game season in its latest proposal, so there does still appear to be a lot of ground to make up.

Players are angry following five years of flat salaries, a lost grievance claiming the Chicago Cubs manipulated the service time of star third baseman Kris Bryant in violation of the labor contract and allegations several teams did not properly use revenue sharing proceeds, which the union called "tanking". So even though this particular proposal is only for 60 games, and that's probably not enough to get the players to sign off and get opening day on the schedule, it's pretty promising that they're finally speaking the same language. But the March 26 agreement did not require that, and players held firm.

Manfred, conversely, said he thought the "jointly developed framework" that he referred to coming out of the meeting was not a new floor for renegotiation. "It is unequivocally false to suggest that any tentative agreement or other agreement was reached in that meeting".

Ironically, the once romanticized McGuire-Sosa battle ultimately came to symbolize one of baseball's most infamous periods known as the Steroid Era.

In what has been a whirlwind of a week for Major League Baseball, most around the industry viewed commissioner Rob Manfred's meeting with Players Association executive director Tony Clark as a step in the right direction.

Manfred and Clark have been locked in increasingly harsh negotiations over how and when the 2020 season, which was indefinitely delayed because of the pandemic in the middle of spring training, can start. I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today. "Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same".

As for recent indications that ownership was upset that the union had issued a counterproposal, Clark says it isn't just his side's decision.

On Wednesday, Manfred released a statement saying the sides had left the meeting with a "jointly developed framework" created to get the season underway in the coming weeks. To some, it didn't seem like the 2020 season was going to happen at all.

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