After months of not knowing when or even if MLB would be returning in 2020, we get our first signs of true light. Owners from around the league got together to draft up a proposal for the season, and they have approved an initial proposal.
MLB owners have approved a proposal for the 2020 season to present to the players’ union, source tells The Athletic. Meeting expected between union and league tomorrow.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 11, 2020
The approval of that proposal is just the first step in getting a return to baseball, but it’s a big one. The details of the plan are not well known as of this post, but an 81 game season is thought to be part of the deal, per Jon Heyman.
MLB owners plan calls for about a half-season of regular season games (about 82) though it’s negotiable depending on players approval and of course health data.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 11, 2020
The next part of getting MLB rolling would be for the league to present the proposal to the player’s union. It would require the approval of the union in order to set the true start date and conditions for playing.
The league and player’s union are scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss the proposal. The other major part of the deal involves the revenue sharing program from owners, which the Union has been said to have called it a ‘non-starter’. The two sides coming together on financial details and safe playing conditions remain the biggest hurdles.
More from MLB coming soon.