The MLB Players Association did not agree to a 60-game season from the owners, which now has the owners ready to implement a season.
MLB sent a letter to the players on Monday saying they are prepared to implement a season. They asked two questions of the players:
1) Can you report to training camps by July 1?
2) Will you agree to the health and safety terms outlined in the operating manual?
Source: Owners plan to implement 60-game season once union responds to two questions posed in statement. https://t.co/6Erj1jLpfK
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 23, 2020
If the players agree to both measures, a 60-game season for 2020 will take place.
So why would the players association reject the owners’ proposal for a 60-game season but end up playing a 60-game season? They rejected it because they retain the right to file a grievance over the owners supposedly stalling negotiations. They also did not want to agree to an expanded postseason for two years.
Several MLB players have said they are ready and willing to play. Now it’s on them to show they are ready to report by July 1 to make this happen.