In yet another disappointing stumbling block as Major League Baseball, its owners, and its players attempt to reach a deal to begin the 2020 season, the MLB Players Association has once again rejected the league’s proposal for the currently-suspended season.
The back-and-forth between the players and the league and its owners has still failed to reach a point of agreement, as players feel that the league and its owners are trying to short-change them financially.
The latest proposal from MLB included a 72-game regular-season schedule with 70% pro-rated pay. This, in effect, was no different financially from their previously-rejected offer which included full pay for a schedule around 50 games.
MLB Players Association president Tony Clark said that “our sport deserves the fullest 2020 season possible,” calling both the number of games offered up in the league’s latest proposal as well as its financial offer to players insufficient.
The MLBPA declined to counter-offer the latest proposal from the league, instead asking MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to step in and unilaterally impose a schedule for the 2020 season in order to allow the competition to begin.
It remains unclear what Manfred’s next move will be, but this saga is moving closer and closer towards MLB’s first official work stoppage since the strike-shortened 1994 season.