MLB and the Players Association are not in agreement about a proposal to return to play for the 2020 season. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rejects 114-game MLBPA proposal for 2020 season

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association still can't get on the same page regarding the start to the 2020 regular season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, MLB insider Ken Rosenthal reported that, as expected, league owners rejected a union proposal for a 114-game season that included pro-rated salaries. The league will approach the players to discuss conducting games at ballparks behind closed doors and without spectators during a much shorter campaign:

ESPN's Jeff Passan added that owners ultimately could lower the number of regular-season contests to 50, while Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that owners want between 48 and 54 fixtures:

Earlier this week, Brendan Kuty of reported the MLBPA campaigned for an 82-game season but could balk at any proposals that would cut a standard campaign by nearly two-thirds, if not more. 

Sherman indicated fans should be concerned following Wednesday's update when he tweeted that people "on both sides" seem more pessimistic about a big-league season occurring in any form this summer: 

In March, the owners and players agreed to a deal that included pro-rated salaries for a pandemic-shortened. The owners contend, though, that agreement was dependent on fans being welcomed to home ballparks around the country.

Both the NHL and Major League Soccer have confirmed plans to resume play, and the NBA is expected to announce its return policy sometime after a Thursday meeting

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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