As MLB and the MLBPA try to negotiate a plan to start the 2020 season tensions remain high. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

MLBPA internal memo: Owners 'railroading' players

Negotiations between MLB owners and the MLB Players Association regarding the start of the 2020 campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic seemingly grow uglier in the public eye by the day.

Earlier this week, Joel Sherman of the New York Post produced a so-called "smoking gun" email from March that allegedly proves the players understood an agreement about pro-rated salaries being paid by owners for a pandemic-shortened season would likely need to be amended to account for games played behind closed doors and without fans.

It's widely believed any baseball games completed this summer will occur inside empty ballparks.

On Thursday, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted information reportedly found inside an internal memo shared among union members:

Note: The Jesse Spector story on Deadspin can be found here.

On Wednesday, Hall of Fame ace Tom Glavine warned the players they, not the owners, will be blamed among the majority of fans if the season is canceled. 

Glavine told Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 

"If it were to come down to an economic issue and that's the reason baseball didn't come back, you're looking at a situation similar to the strike of '94 and '95 as far as fans are concerned. Even if players were 100 percent justified in what they were complaining about, they're still going to look bad."

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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