Clark Issues New Statement On 2020 Season Negotiations


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After the league proposed a 60-game season with full prorated pay for players, the union countered on Thursday with a 70-game season. For the first time, Major League Baseball agreed to pay the players 100 percent of their pro-rated salaries, which had been an unwavering demand of the players.

"This latest threat is just one more indication that Major League Baseball has been negotiating in bad faith since the beginning", Clark added. This new deal explains why some players like Mike Trout didn't want to play this season.

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According to multiple reports, Manfred proposed a 60-game schedule Tuesday that would begin July 19 and end on September 27, to be followed by a 16-team postseason tournament. Clark, on the other hand, said that there were "significant issues" with Manfred's recommendations and that no tentative agreement had been reached.

Manfred, conversely, said he thought the "jointly developed framework" that he referred to coming out of the meeting was not a new floor for renegotiation.

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The 60-game schedule proposed in the framework is still on the low side for the players, who are reportedly looking for at least a 70-game season.

Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA head Tony Clark discussed the framework of an agreement Tuesday-the MLBPA insists that no deal has been reached-that included an expanded postseason.

Manfred would continue saying that there were numerous issues he and the owners had with the union's list. Only 10 teams make the postseason under the current rules, and that number is cut down to eight after the single-game elimination American League and National League wild-card round. Both the players and owners are seeking to secure a favorable percentage of money in a shortened season.

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Absent Manfred's consent, the agreement said, the season would not begin unless there were no travel restrictions in the US and Canada impacting play, no restrictions on mass gatherings at all 30 regular-season ballparks and no health or safety risks in playing in front of fans at the regular stadiums.

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