MLBPA Reportedly Finalizes Proposal to MLB Featuring 70-Game Season

LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 01:  A detailed view of a pair of official Rawlings Major League Baseball baseballs with the imprinted signature of  Robert D. Manfred Jr., the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, sitting in the dugout prior to the Spring Training game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2020 in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 10-4.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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The Major League Baseball Players Association has finalized a proposal to the league for a 70-game season, executive director Tony Clark announced Thursday:

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Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today released the following statement:

ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided details on the proposal:

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Among the details in MLBPA’s new proposal, sources tell ESPN:

– 70-game season from July 19-Sept. 30
– $50M in playoff bonuses
– 50/50 split of new postseason TV revenues in 2021
– Forgiveness of salary advance for Tier I-III players
– Universal DH
– Mutual waiver of grievance

MLB had reportedly agreed to pay players prorated salaries in their latest offer Wednesday with a season that includes 60 games, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The projected season would start July 19 and 20.

Passan predicted the owners will likely reject the offer, but there is “optimism there will be a season.”

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported owners are so upset by the cost of the increase in games, estimated at around $300 million, that they won’t make an immediate counter-proposal.

The two sides have been locked in a battle as they try to start the 2020 season that was initially delayed in March because of the coronavirus.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said last week there was “unequivocally” going to be a season, saying it was “100 percent” likely to happen. On Monday, he told ESPN he was “not confident,” via Passan.

“The owners are 100 percent committed to getting baseball back on the field,” Manfred said. “Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that I’m 100 percent certain that’s gonna happen.”

Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported there are more than eight owners among the 30 who don’t want the season to take place.

The two sides are now seemingly closer to a deal after Manfred and Clark met in person Wednesday.

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