ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reported on Monday evening that the players have rejected the latest proposal from the owners of 60 games.
Sources tell @JeffPassan and I players have voted against the league's latest proposal to play 60 games. The vote was 33-5 against.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) June 22, 2020
This outcome was fairly expected, despite efforts on the owners to make small changes in the players direction. The consensus seems to be that this will be the end of the negotiations and that the owners will exercise their right to unilaterally impose a shortened season with prorated salaries.
The MLBPA released the following statement:
The Major League Baseball Players Association today released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/1OnFBsoEjd— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 22, 2020
While the lack of an agreement is a disaster for the sport overall, the good news is that a season is expected to be announced by the commissioner soon, and while it will almost certainly be between 48 and 60 games, there has been some recent reporting to suggest that it might be on the higher end of that spectrum, between 54 and 60 games. With that being expected, it isn’t hard to see why the players wouldn’t want to agree to a bunch of concessions for only a few extra games, if any. It seems as if this saga of nastiness and frustration may finally be nearing it’s end, and baseball’s biggest obstacle for 2020 will be the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.