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Report: MLB players reject owners’ proposal, league to implement 60-game schedule

The 2020 MLB season remains in a holding patter while the players and owners figure out how long the season will last. The players are rejecting the latest owners’ proposal.

A general view of Game Five of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

UPDATE 6:28 p.m.: Commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to implement the 60-game schedule to start July 29th, according to USA Today reporter Bob Nightengale.

The executive committee of the Major League Baseball Players Association has voted down the owners’ proposal of a 60-game season. The final vote was 33-5 against the proposal, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers and Jeff Passan.

Five days ago, the owners proposed a 60-game season that would offer the previously negotiated “full” prorated pay. Players have been pushing for a longer season, but owners have pushed back for a larger pay cut. The owners had proposed a 72-game season with a pay cut that effectively would have paid the players for a 48-game season. The players outright rejected it and the owners came back with the 60-game plan.

There is talk of expanded playoffs and a universal DH rule, but for now it comes down to number of games. Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark met in Arizona last week to try and push through the impasse. There were reports of a deal being close, but then the players made it clear a deal was not close and they were simply making progress in getting a new offer on the table.

There is no word yet on if a new offer will come from the players, or if they will once again tell the owners to impose the season length they want and be done with it. This deal was reportedly going to include language in which the players would give up grievance rights. If they cannot agree to a deal, the players would retain the right to file a grievance for bad faith bargaining by the owners.