MLB Rumors: Why Players Association Likely Will Reject 60-Game Proposal

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June 20, 2020

Though it’s not yet official, things are trending in the direction of the MLB Players Association rejecting the league’s most recent proposal.

Following a meeting in Arizona between MLBPA head Tony Clark and league commissioner Rob Manfred, the league sent a 60-game return-to-play proposal to the players, assuming that he and Clark had made an agreement and the offer would be accepted. Instead, the players countered with a 70-game offer, which appeared to blindside the owners and was not agreed upon.

But the players still can accept the 60-game proposal, which promises a full prorated salary. If not though, it is a step closer to Manfred just mandating a season, which he can do per the agreement the two sides made back in March.

So, why are the players likely to reject the league’s latest proposal? MLB insider Jon Heyman explained over multiple tweets on Saturday afternoon.

This comes after the league temporarily shut down pretty much all of its spring training facilities Friday so they could undergo a deep cleaning. However pretty much every team, including the Boston Red Sox, now reportedly plan to just hold their resumed spring training at their home stadium.

Multiple Philadelphia Phillies have tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, while a Toronto Blue Jays player showed up to the team facility showing symptoms. And four members of the New York Yankees organization, at least three of them staff, tested positive for the coronavirus at the team’s spring training facility Saturday.

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