Sport Report: MLB does not see 'pathway' for deal with players to start 2020 season

23:08  18 june  2020
23:08  18 june  2020 Source:   yardbarker.com

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This is not painting either side in a good light.

Rob Manfred wearing a suit and tie: On Wednesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sounded as if he had a deal with the players.   © Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports On Wednesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sounded as if he had a deal with the players.

One day after it was reported that a deal was close to begin the 2020 baseball season, we’re now seemingly back to square one.

According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, it sounds like there’s a continuing rift between Major League Baseball and its players.

MLB's most-recent offer included a 60-game schedule with the players receiving 100 percent of their prorated salaries. It also included an extended playoff format with shared playoff pool money.

In return, the players have counter-offered with a 70-game schedule. According to the proposal, spring training would start later this month. The regular season would start July 19 and end Sept. 30.

It’s not known how MLB owners might respond. Commissioner Rob Manfred sounded like he had a deal worked out after meeting with MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark in Arizona on Wednesday. 

That’s obviously not the case.

This latest update suggests we’re no further along than this past weekend, when the players rejected MLB's most recent offer and publicly called for an end in negotiations.

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The baseball season was suspended in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Considering the NHL and NBA are set to resume their seasons soon, it’s certainly a bad look for America’s Pastime during the global pandemic and economic downturn. 

Where do they go from here? This is the biggest question. 

Will MLB be receptive to a 70-game regular season? If not, will the union back down and go with 60 games? Remember, Manfred has the ability to force the players back on to the field for a 50-game season. That could ultimately be the end result.

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