Fans wondering when or if the MLB season will get started are starting to get some clarity. The League made a proposal for the Union to push back games 1 month earlier this week, but they denied that offer late Monday night.
Since the Union turned down that offer, the league is forced to go back to the set Collective Bargaining Agreement. That CBA says that the season is to start on schedule with Opening Day taking place for MLB on April 1st. Spring Training camps are set to open in just two weeks on February 17th.
Part of the proposal from MLB was a request to push back the start of the season almost 1 month. They reportedly agreed to cut out the part of the deal that offered Rob Manfred the leeway to suspend or cancel games due to the pandemic. The union wasn’t going for that either.
MLB released the following statement once word got out that the Player’s Union had denied the proposal. There does not appear to be a counter-proposal in the plans for the future.
We are moving forward and instructing our Clubs to report for an on-time start to Spring Training and the Championship Season, subject to reaching an agreement on health and safety protocols.
To be clear, there is no requirement for the Player’s Union to counter with an offer of their own. The CBA acts as their contract for this year, and the only way it can be adjusted is with the approval of the players. The Union does not want extended playoffs, and the league has said that they will not get the Universal DH without that. We’ll have to see how that plays out.
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