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MLB will impose a season, asks players to be ready to report by July 1

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Major League Baseball has exercised its right to impose a season on the players per the terms of an earlier agreement between the two sides.

The league announced Monday night “the MLB clubs have unanimously voted to proceed with the 2020 season under the terms of the March 26 agreement.”

The decision by the league is a final step after the MLBPA and owners could not come to a mutual agreement. Commissioner Rob Manfred was left with no choice but to implement a season per the terms of the March agreement.

Players have been asked to respond by 5 p.m. Tuesday with two pieces of information: first, whether they can report to spring training 2.0 -- which will be held in each team’s home park -- by July 1, and second, whether the MLBPA will agree on the 67-page health protocol manual previously created by the league.

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Manfred’s maneuvering has landed baseball in this spot where he needed to direct the season with a forced hand. Multiple reports said the season will be 60 games. It’s the furthest the owners were willing to go and provide full prorated pay to the players.

None of this assures the season will make it to its end or even start on time.

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