At the very least, the ending is near when it comes to negotiations between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the owners on beginning the 2020 season.
The MLBPA has unsurprisingly rejected the league’s latest proposal of a roughly 72-game season with 70 percent of prorated salaries paid with an increase to 80 percent in the event the postseason is completed. The union has insisted through the weeks-long negotiation process that the league must honor the deal made between the two sides in March that says players will be paid prorated salaries. Instead, the league has spent the last few weeks repackaging the same offer to players relative to dollars paid. The players have had enough.
Union head Tony Clark released the following statement:
The union will not make a counterproposal. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the players association is demanding the league to inform the union on its plans for the 2020 season. The players have made it clear that they are committed to playing.
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