The MLB Players Association voted this afternoon to reject MLB's 60-game proposal for the 2020 season, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers. Rogers reported that the players voted 33-5 against the proposal.
The 60-game proposal was MLB's latest in a series of offers they made to the union, and the first one to offer full prorated salaries for the players. After the league made the offer last week, the players countered with a 70-game proposal, which the owners thought to be too many.
Commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly sent a letter to players union executive Tony Clark offering to get rid of items such as the universal DH and expanded playoffs in 2021 if a full season is not played in 2020. According to Jeff Passan, this offering from Manfred could have been the best chance the two sides had at reaching an agreement, but even that didn't work.
ESPN's Buster Olney laid out where things go from here in a tweet this evening. Olney says it's likely now that Manfred and MLB will implement a short season, which most people assume to be in the range of 50-60 games.
From there, it's anybody's guess. Players could file a grievance against the league for not trying to play as many games this year as possible. Some players may sit out the season due to COVID-19 health risks. While it seems like we'll have a plan in place for the 2020 season soon, it's hardly one that we had hoped for.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.