Two days after union head Tony Clark declared additional negotiations futile, Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem sent a seven-page letter to players' association chief negotiator Bruce Meyer asking the union whether it will waive the threat of legal action and tell Major League Baseball to announce a spring training report date and a regular-season schedule. Now this has been the players' hardline stance the entire time.
You win some; you lose some.While some players will lose a considerable amount of pay this year, we'll at least get to see baseball again, and with extended playoffs.
A 60-game schedule under these parameters heavily favors the owners compared to the players.
The full prorated pay is what separates this offer from all that have preceded it, which is why it has the best chance yet of passing union muster.
If you ask him, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will tell you that the meeting he had in Arizona Tuesday with the head of the MLB Players Association (MLBPA), Tony Clark, was "productive". "It is unequivocally false to suggest that any tentative agreement or other agreement was reached in that meeting".
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Though the owners might not decide to accept the union's latest proposal, it's clear the sides have zeroed in on a range for the length of the season.
Manfred, conversely, said he thought the "jointly developed framework" that he referred to coming out of the meeting was not a new floor for renegotiation. "I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today", the statement read.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, players are pushing for more than 60 games and are not likely to agree to the deal as constituted. The players have been grumbling that the owners have been stalling in order to make the window for a possible regular season as short as possible.
Manfred and Clark have been locked in increasingly harsh negotiations over how and when the 2020 season, which was indefinitely delayed because of the pandemic in the middle of spring training, can start. "Players are disgusted that after Rob Manfred unequivocally told players and fans that there would "100%' be a 2020 season, he has made a decision to go back on his word and is now threatening to cancel the entire season", Clark put forth in reply to Manfred's interview on ESPN".