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Latest reports on MLB negotiations don't bode well for 2020 season

Latest reports on MLB negotiations don't bode well for 2020 season

While the NBA gears up for a reported return in late July, Major League Baseball is still stuck in neutral.

MLB has rejected the MLB Players Association's proposal for a 114-game season in 2020 and doesn't plan to make a counter-offer, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich reported Wednesday.

The sticking point appears to be around player pay: The players agreed to prorated 2020 salaries in March but called for no additional salary cuts in their latest proposal, per The Athletic. MLB's proposal to the union last month, meanwhile, called for a "50-50 revenue split" between owners and players in an 82-game season.

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According to The Athletic, MLB is considering a season with as few as 50 games in front of no fans as a potential option but has not proposed that scenario to the union.

Yet multiple players recently told ESPN's Jeff Passan they're opposed to a shorter season, with one telling Passan, "We want to play more games, and they want to play less. We want more baseball."

The New York Post's Joel Sherman summed up the current state of negotiations Wednesday in a rather depressing tweet.

All hope isn't completely lost for the 2020 MLB season to happen amid the coronavirus pandemic, however. SNY's Andy Martino suggested MLB declining to counter the players' proposal could just be a negotiating tactic as the sides attempt to find common ground.

Still, it doesn't appear the league and the players are close to finding that common ground. And considering the Boston Red Sox had already played 59 regular-season games by this point last year, time is running out.

UPDATE (4:23 p.m. ET): MLB Network's Jon Heyman is a bit more optimistic about the league and the players working things out:

2020 MLB schedule: When and where Red Sox will play Yankees this season

2020 MLB schedule: When and where Red Sox will play Yankees this season

Major League Baseball's most historic rivalry will see another 10 regular season games played in 2020.

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will square off 10 times during the shortened regular season. Each of the American League East teams will play 10 games apiece versus division rivals and the remaining 20 matchups against National League East opponents. 

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The first series between the Red Sox and Yankees this season will take place from July 31 through Aug. 2 at Yankee Stadium. In fact, seven of the 10 games between these rivals will be played in New York. 

Here are the dates and locations for all 10 of the Red Sox-Yankees matchups during the 2020 regular season:

  • July 31-Aug. 2: at Yankee Stadium
  • Aug. 14-17: at Yankee Stadium
  • Sept. 18-20: at Fenway Park

Playing most of these games in the Bronx is far from ideal for the Red Sox, but it's hard for the league to make it an even (or close to even) split when there are fewer games and minimizing travel is a priority.

The Yankees are among the favorites to win the 2020 World Series. In fact, oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook have made the Yankees the betting favorite to win the AL pennant this season. New York also is right behind the Los Angeles Dodgers with the second-best odds to win the World Series. The Yankees have not reached the World Series since 2009, which also is the year of their last championship.

The Red Sox last won the World Series in 2018, and they are not expected to be a contender in 2020. Boston has the third-best odds to win the AL East and the sixth-highest odds to claim the AL pennant. Suspect starting pitching depth and a shaky bullpen are two concerns for the Red Sox entering the season.

Anything can happen, though, especially in a shortened season during which each game will carry greater importance. A good record against the rival Yankees could go a long way in the Red Sox having a chance at clinching a postseason berth in late September.

2020 Red Sox schedule: Dates, opponents for shortened season revealed

2020 Red Sox schedule: Dates, opponents for shortened season revealed

The Major League Baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint -- except for 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the normal 162-game schedule being trimmed down to a 60-game format where each matchup will take on greater importance.

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The Boston Red Sox will open up their new season with a three-game series versus the Baltimore Orioles beginning July 24 at Fenway Park. 

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker announced last week that local pro teams could begin hosting games without fans later this month. Red Sox president Sam Kennedy told reporters in late June that he's "hopeful" of having fans at Fenway Park at some point during the 2020 season, but he's not sure if it will happen.

In an effort to combat COVID-19, each team's schedule has been built to minimize travel as much as possible. This means the Red Sox, for example, will only play American League East and National League East teams. Boston has 10 games against each of its four divisional rivals, and the remaining 20 games are with NL East opponents.

The Red Sox will take on the rival New York Yankees for the first time beginning July 31 with a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Seven of the 10 games versus the Yankees will be played in New York. The Sox also will play the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals at Fenway Park in a three game series from Aug. 28 through Aug. 30.

Boston's final series of the regular season will be played against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park from Sept. 25 through Sept. 27.