After continuous negotiations from both sides of the baseball world, the Major League Baseball owners and Major League Baseball Players’ Association have failed to reach an agreement on the 2020 regular season. The latest plan from the league was offered up on Friday, June 12th, and was already resoundingly rejected by the MLBPA.
Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/d1p3Oj4K70
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 13, 2020
With the continued failure of negotiations from the league as well as the MLBPA, it seems it is in the hands of Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred now. Per the league’s last ratified agreement back in March, Manfred has the power to step in and set up a season. This appears to be what MLBPA executive director Tony Clark would like to see.
Clark said in his statement, “… tell us when and where.” which seems to imply that the players want to play and are going to wait on Commissioner Manfred to step in and right the ship. The biggest issue that has continued to be fatal in the negotiations has been the disagreements between the two sides over financials.
MLBPA representatives have seemed to have aired on the side of hoping that the players can still get paid a pro-rated amount, whereas the owners want nothing to do with it. The owners are looking to keep their pockets full, and their organization’s running smoothly during a time without revenue from games since they are not playing.
The continued disagreement between the two sides seems to have come to an end in one way. There is no agreement for a 2020 season, but negotiations have been stopped courtesy of the MLBPA who no longer wishes to work something out with the owners.