MLBPA Proposes an 89-Game Season

Negotiations between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA continue as they try to get the 2020 season started.

On Monday, the MLB proposed a 76-game season that would cover up to 75 percent of the player’s prorated salaries. The MLBPA responded Tuesday night with a proposal that includes an 89-game season with full prorated salary and expanded playoffs, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The new proposal from the MLBPA is 25 games less than their first proposal which was 114 games. Under the MLBPA’s new proposal the season would start on July 10 and end on Oct. 11, with 16 teams in the playoffs in 2020 and 2021. The proposal also includes players sharing a pool of at least $50 million if the playoffs are played without fans.

The MLBPA proposal also has a $5 million fund to assist minor leaguers and charities focused on social justice initiatives, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

An MLB source familiar with the negotiations told ESPN’s Karl Ravech that the proposal is a nonstarter.

“Out of concern for the players’ health, extending the regular season past Sept. 27 won’t happen,” the source told Ravech. “There is a window of playing between 60 [and] 70 regular-season games, but pay still remains an issue.”

if both sides can’t reach a deal, then MLB can implement a schedule of its desired length. MLB is looking at a 48-game season. Both sides need to reach a deal or MLB needs to implement a schedule because we are running out of time to have a season.

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