The vote was delayed when the Phillies' and Blue Jays' spring training camps in Florida, where players were working out informally, were shut down Friday after COVID-19 positive tests and symptoms were revealed. There would be extensive health protocols for everyone involved, not just players.
Only in MLB's fourth and final offer, the 60-game proposal made June 17, did the owners agree to pay players full, prorated salaries. Over the past week, 40 Major League Baseball players and staff members tested positive, sources told Nightengale.
Opening Day? It's estimated that Opening Day could be sometime around July 24-26. "We're driving the bus straight off a cliff". Perhaps starting to think about the roster (likely to be 30ish) and the bullpen and the impact of a short season on how you deploy the rotation and Kris Bryant as the leadoff hitter will pep me up a bit ...
The union said in a statement that the "board reaffirmed the players' eagerness to return to work as soon and as safely as possible".
In the end, the union determined it was giving up too much if it agreed to the latest Major League Baseball offer, which included an expanded postseason and other potential revenue generators for team owners.
"We anticipate finalizing a comprehensive set of health and safety protocols with Major League Baseball in the coming days, and we await word from the league on the resumption of spring training camps and a proposed 2020 schedule", the statement read. The players union is vocal about seeing this as a salary cap and declare it a nonstarter.
With the collapse of a negotiated deal, playoffs are set to remain at 10 teams rather than expand to 16.
Rob Manfred Rejects MLBPA’s Offer For 70-Game Season
Commissioner Rob Manfred stoked optimism around baseball after face-to-face talks with union chief Tony Clark in Arizona. While there have been multiple proposals put forth, this latest one might be the one to stick.
The two sides were about $300 million apart in their last two offers.
But that thinking failed to take into account one critical element to Manfred's agenda: the commissioner and the owners were deathly afraid that imposing a schedule on the players would ultimately result in an unfair labor practice grievance that could potentially cost the owners billions.
By rejecting the 60-game framework, the players retain their right to grieve the terms of the March agreement between the two sides.
The union has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to respond. Offers a $50 million bonus fund for playoff teams.
There will be a fight - in the courtroom: The players' union is nearly certain to file a grievance with an arbitrator, complaining that the owners didn't negotiate in good faith. Toronto may be an exception due to Canadian federal and Ontario provincial restrictions.
Those provisions say that without MLB's consent, the season shall not start until there are no legal restrictions on playing in front of fans at the 30 regular-season ballparks, no relevant travel restrictions and no health or safety risk to players, staff or spectators to playing in the 30 regular ballparks. Players will receive full pro rata, but in truth, with what we have seen unfold over the last two months and a new collective bargaining agreement looming, it is hard to see a winning side in what has transpired.