There will be a 2020 Major League Baseball season, well, sort of. Major League Baseball has released a statement concluding that the league plans to implement a 2020 season based on a vote amongst the owners. This news comes just hours after the Major League Baseball Players’ Association (MLBPA) voted against the most recent proposal leaving it in the hands of the league and Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The league released a statement on the matter, concluding that there will be a 2020 Major League Baseball season given two conditions from the MLBPA Director Tony Clark.
The statement is here:
MLB has released the following statement re: the 2020 season. pic.twitter.com/XVKRaRZlWI
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) June 23, 2020
The 2020 Major League Baseball season is now back in the hands of the MLBPA as they have to respond to two questions posed at the end of the league’s statement. They will have to alert the league if the players can be ready to go by July 1st for Spring Training 2.0 before the season gets underway.
The exact details of the implemented 2020 season have not been released yet, but it should be known sooner than later what the season is going to look like after MLBPA officials can alert the league. The other thing they must wait for is MLBPA officials to officially agree to the health and safety protocols that will be used to get a 2020 season put together.
This is the barrier keeping baseball from being played at the Major League level during the 2020 season. For now, it seems like the league should be returning on July 29th as the reports say, but MLBPA decision-making could mess this up, although signs point otherwise.
The league has been coining the “tell us when and where” phrasing for a while now, so this may be a quick answer from the union so the league can get things rolling for the 2020 season.