Leadership / 06.17.20
MLBPA Rejects Latest Proposal, Tells MLB to Schedule 2020 Season: 'Tell Us When and Where'
CBS Sports (06/15/20) Axisa, Mike
The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on June 13 spurned Major League Baseball's (MLB) latest proposal to start the 2020 season, which involved a 72-game season at 80% prorated pay. "In recent days, owners have decried the supposed unprofitability of owning a baseball team and the Commissioner has repeatedly threatened to schedule a dramatically shortened season unless players agree to hundreds of millions in further concessions," wrote MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark in a letter of rejection. "Our response has been consistent that such concessions are unwarranted, would be fundamentally unfair to players, and that our sport deserves the fullest 2020 season possible." A March agreement between MLB and the MLBPA lets MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally schedule a season of any length provided players receive full prorated salaries, which the league thinks allows it to solicit another round of pay reductions to account for games being played without fans. "If it is your intention to unilaterally impose a season, we again request that you inform us and our members of how many games you intend to play and when and where players should report," stated MLBPA negotiator Bruce Meyer. "It is unfair to leave players and the fans hanging at this point. We demand that you inform us of your plans by close of business on Monday, June 15."
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