With Major League Baseball and the MLBPA unable to reach an agreement for 2020 on salaries and the length of a potential season, the league has turned its focus to health and safety measures, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The union rejected the league’s latest proposal over the weekend, and the owners held a conference call Monday to discuss their next course of action, per Nightengale.
Because the two sides haven’t been able to come together during negotiations, the 2020 campaign is likely to be a 50- to 60-game regular season, Nightengale notes. Commissioner Rob Manfred has the right to determine how many games will be played. And while there has been talk about an increase in playoff teams, the union is of the belief the postseason will remain the same in 2020 with six division champions and four wild-card winners.
Acrimony between owners and players aside, it remains in question whether we’ll get any kind of season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just this past weekend, it was reported that a player and a pitching coach recently tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s unclear how the league will proceed if the game returns and someone else involved tests positive. In the meantime, if the league and the union do reach an agreement on health and safety, Nightengale reports that a 21-day spring camp 2.0 with the majority of teams training in their home ballparks and then a shortened season should be on the way.