A final decision between the MLB Players Association and MLB team owners about the 2020 season could finally come to an end later today. Will we be watching Pittsburgh Pirates baseball this summer?
After weeks of debating back and forth between the MLB Players Association and the owners, everything might finally come to an end soon. By the end of the day, we may know if we will get to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of the MLB this summer or not. According to Andy Martino, something appears to be close.
Buster Onely also Tweets out that this is the last minute attempt before commissioner Rob Manfred mandates a 54-60 game season. He also states that they are trying to prevent that from happening with this latest offer.
The MLB Players will be voting on a 60-game season with full prorated salaries. This offer also includes a $25 million playoff pool, no additional advanced salary relief, and no modifications to qualifying offers, per Jim Bowden. Bowden also states that if they are to play 50 or less games, then the rules of a universal designated hitter, and extended playoffs would be taken out in 2021. Commissioner Rob Manfred has also offered the players 2021 concessions as part of the offer as well. The MLBPA will vote on this later today at 5 o’clock. This has already been delayed twice.
If the players reject this newest offer, which is what is expected, Manfred may end up mandating a season. This could lead to players sitting out the 2020 season, and formfitting their salaries for the year. However, it would get some sort of form of MLB play going.
This is the owner’s last attempt at an offer before Manfred mandates a season. Manfred will appear on TV later today. At 5 o’clock, the players will vote and we will learn the fate of the season. Whether that be a 60 game season where both the players and owners agreed upon conditions and terms, or one that has been mandated by the commissioner which could cause more backlash from players, we will have to wait and see. But, hopefully, we will be watching Pittsburgh Pirates baseball later this summer.