The latest proposal from the Major League Baseball Players Association to the league includes a 70-game season, according to multiple reports Thursday afternoon.
The proposal is the most recent exchange between the players and ownership, who have been at odds for months over a return-to-play plan, but after an encouraging meeting between Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA President Tony Clark on Wednesday, there is renewed hope. ESPN’s Jeff Passan weighed in with his thoughts on the latest offer:
The MLBPA’s proposal to MLB is for 70 games, sources tell ESPN, and includes a split of playoff revenues.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 18, 2020
While the league is unlikely to accept this proposal, it’s close enough for optimism there will be a season — whether it’s via a deal or MLB setting a shorter schedule.
The proposal before this one from the players included 89 games, so this is a significant drop in their demands. In addition to 70 games, it has been reported that the playoffs would be expanded in 2020 and 2021 to help recover some of the revenue lost this year without fans in stadiums should the season resume.
We have been led down this road before to only be left disappointed, but this feels like the best chance we’ve had at an agreement in weeks. There are still numerous hurdles to clear (namely health concerns and regulations) but one erupting volcano at a time.