Sport Rob Manfred: MLB never planned on playing more than 60 games
Manfred, Clark meet, develop basis for possible agreement
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and players’ union head Tony Clark have developed a framework that Manfred said Wednesday could form the basis of an agreement as the two sides try to start the pandemic-delayed season. Manfred said he met with Clark at his request for several hours on Tuesday in Phoenix, where Clark has a home and where he has been since spring training was cut short on March 12. “I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today,” Manfred said in a statement. "Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the Clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same.
After Major League Baseball and the MLBPA couldn’t agree to a season length during their long-running, contentious negotiations, MLB decided to impose a 60-game schedule last week. In an ideal world for the players, they’d have gotten at least 80-some games (they89 on June 9), but commissioner Rob Manfred told Dan Patrick of Fox Sports Radio on Wednesday that the league never intended to play more than 60 games this season as a result of the “unpredictable” and “unmanageable” coronavirus pandemic, per .
“The reality is we weren’t going to play more than 60 games no matter how the negotiations with the players went,” said Manfred.
Union memo to MLB players says no agreement was reached, details 60-game league plan
A Major League Baseball Players Association letter distributed to players after union head Tony Clark and commissioner Rob Manfred met Tuesday night cited “a number of significant issues with what [Manfred] proposed” and stated “there certainly were no tentative agreements reached,” according to a copy of that memo obtained by Yahoo Sports. Enhanced housing allowances for spring training and regular season. Mutual waiver of potential grievances under the March Agreement.Here’s a timeline of how the talks have reached this point.
Manfred’s revelation surely won’t go over well with the Tony Clark-led union, which accused the league of negotiating in bad faith throughout the sides’ stalemate (MLB did the same to the MLBPA during the process). The union could file a grievance in response to Manfred’s comments, as its March agreement with the league said MLB would have to make a real effort to play as many games as possible this year. It’s unclear whether that will happen. Regardless, the commissioner’s statement could also further rile up the union enough for the two parties to have more difficulty coming to a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement when the current pact expires after the 2021 season.
Manfred went on to admit to Patrick that negotiations on a 2020 season produced “a sub-optimal result” (via). And interestingly, Manfred added that “fans won’t get an expanded postseason.” Last week, Clark to discuss a playoff pool consisting of more than 10 teams, but it appears Manfred has closed the book on that possibility.
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