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MLB will not respond to MLBPA's latest proposal and will not commit to more than 60 games

MLB will not respond to MLBPA's latest proposal and will not commit to more than 60 games

The drama between Major League Baseball and the Player's Association has hit another roadblock. 

Following the MLBPA's latest proposal that included a 70-game season and full-prorated salaries, MLB has informed the players that they will not respond to the said offer.

"MLB has informed the Association that it will not respond to our last proposal and will not play more than 60 games," the MLBPA said in a release. "Our Executive Board will convene in the near future to determine next steps. Importantly, Players remain committed to getting back to work as soon as possible."

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This rejected proposal stemmed from the face-to-face conversation between Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark earlier this week. The two created a framework for a 60-game season. Ultimately, the players were not fully convinced and sent the counteroffer to MLB.

On top of 70 games and full-prorated salaries, the new MLBPA proposal included the following according to multiple reports. 

-A season from July 19-Sept. 30
-A universal DH
-Mutual waiver of grievance
-50-50 split of new postseason revenues in 2021
-Salary forgiveness for higher-paid players
-Advertisements on uniforms in 2020/2021
-Health-related opt-outs
-Mutual funding of $10 million for social justice initiatives
-Possible neutral site/quarantine adjustments if needed for the postseason

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The owners will use the weekend to determine their next steps, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Manfred still has the option of handing down a 50-game schedule to the players as agreed upon in the March agreement. 

Once again this halts conversations to ensure that baseball will happen in 2020. A similar strong-armed move was made by the players two weeks ago and dawned the "When and where" movement from the players.

The two sides still appear far away from a deal and are nowhere closer to returning to the baseball diamond.

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's goal was to make a deal during meeting with MLBPA's Tony Clark

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's goal was to make a deal during meeting with MLBPA's Tony Clark

Though negotiations between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA continue to drag on through Thursday, that was not the plan commissioner Rob Manfred had in mind when he met face-to-face with MLBPA executive director Tony Clark on Wednesday.

Manfred believed the reason for the meeting was to get a deal done to bring baseball back right then and there, USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale and others reported on Thursday.

“I don’t know what Tony and I were doing there for several hours going back and forth and making trades if we weren’t reaching an agreement," Manfred said. 

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Despite what Manfred wanted, their in-person discussion ended with no concrete deal in place. Instead, MLB proposed a new offer to the players that included a 60-game season. The MLBPA quickly rejected that offer and has since countered with their latest set of demands that includes a 70-game season, among other preferences. 

The continuation of the back-and-forth is what Clark expected even when he took the meeting with Manfred on Wednesday. Though the two were able to come to a better understanding of what the players wanted, Clark explained in a statement that he made it clear there was still more work to be done.

"In my discussions with Rob in Arizona we explored a potential pro rata framework, but I made clear repeatedly in that meeting and after that it that there were a number of significant issues with what he proposed, in particular the number of games," Clark said

"It is unequivocally false to suggest that any tentative agreement or other agreement was reached in that meeting. In fact, in conversations within the last 24 hours, Rob invited a counterproposal for more games that he would take back to the owners. We submitted that counterproposal [Thursday]," Clark said.

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The meeting between Manfred and Clark may have not ended the drawn-out negotiations between the two sides, but there is optimism that an agreement will soon be reached. After Manfred noted earlier in the week that he was less confident there would be a season, the commissioner said on Thursday that everyone is on the same page in terms of wanting games to be played.

"We’re at the same place. We want to play. We want to reach an agreement," Manfred said. "We're doing everything necessary to find a way to play, hopefully by agreement.''

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Reports: MLB proposes 60-game season following meeting between commissioner Rob Manfred, union chief Tony Clark

Reports: MLB proposes 60-game season following meeting between commissioner Rob Manfred, union chief Tony Clark

Major League Baseball submitted a proposal for a 60-game season beginning July 19 or 20 that includes full prorated salaries for players and expanded playoffs the next two years, multiple reports confirmed Wednesday.

The new offer comes on the heels of a “productive” face-to-face meeting between commissioner Rob Manfred and union chief Tony Clark, which was held Wednesday in Arizona. Although MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported the two sides were “closing in on an agreement,” the players union’s communications department tweeted that “reports of an agreement are false.”

“At my request, Tony Clark and I met for several hours yesterday in Phoenix,” Manfred said in a statement. “We left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents. I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today. Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the Clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same.”

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The reported proposal meets several of the union’s main sticking points and represents the closest that the two sides have been since negotiations began in May.

Optimism for a 2020 campaign was at its bleakest earlier this week, when Manfred told ESPN that he was “not confident” a season would be played if the two sides weren’t able to reach an agreement; his comments came only five days after he gave fans a “100 percent” guarantee that baseball would be played this year.

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MLB had been insisting for weeks that it had the right to impose a season of approximately 50 games should no deal with the union be reached. Then, after the league’s latest offer didn’t satisfy the union’s requests, the MLBPA informed league officials that it was putting an end to talks and asked to know “when and where” to report for spring training.

The league then reportedly backed off its threat of imposing a season after it discovered the MLBPA planned to file a grievance for over $1 billion if it followed through with it. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the newest offer includes a provision that would have the MLBPA waive its right to file any grievances after an agreement is reached.

This deal is not expected to be the final one agreed upon, as the players union is still reportedly seeking a season of more than 60 games. In addition, there will still need to be discussions about the health protocols that will have to be in place in order for games to be played. But given the progress that's been made over the last 24 hours, there is hope once again that baseball will return this summer.

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