MLB Makes Progress on the 2020 Season, But Disagreement Remains

Mike Trout with Angels during the Royals vs Angels game in 2018. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Major League Baseball, its owners, and its players appear to be closer than ever to coming to an agreement to play the 2020 season, but a significant stumbling block remains that must be solved before the league’s return finally comes.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players Association president Tony Clark were said to have had a productive meeting on Tuesday in which they were able to come to an agreement on several key points related to the 2020 season.

However, players are still reportedly unhappy with the proposed regular season of 60 games that the league is offering, despite its assurances that it will pay players their full pro-rated salary for those games.

The postponement of the beginning of the 2020 season, which began as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and has morphed into a labor dispute, could have theoretically already happened. However, the league and its owners and the players have had multiple disagreements about how and the compensation that will be given to the participating players.

Many of the league’s top stars, such as Angels OF Mike Trout and Yankees SP Gerrit Cole, published a simple message on Twitter this week reiterating their desire for an agreement and a return to action.

If the 2020 season is to take place, time is running out for the players and the league to reach a satisfactory agreement that will allow them to return to the field.