MLB players had scheduled a vote on the owners’ latest proposal, a 60-game season with full prorated pay, for midday Monday.
There had been rumors flying of last-minute haggling to try to work out some sort of deal, but apparently that didn’t happen and a vote was taken:
Sources tell @JeffPassan and I players have voted against the league's latest proposal to play 60 games. The vote was 33-5 against.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) June 22, 2020
The next step in this process is expected to be Commissioner Rob Manfred enforcing a season of some specified length. That’s expected to be somewhere in the 50-game range. The players are likely to file a grievance over that, saying the owners and the Commissioner’s office have not bargained in good faith about a season, something that was agreed to on March 26. That’s less than three months ago, when owners and players were all puppies and rainbows. Here’s what was in that March memorandum of understanding:
MLB-MLBPA March agreement includes (among other things):— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 22, 2020
-Fullest season that is economically feasible
-Accelerated spring training
-Full proration of salaries
-Split doubleheaders, expanded rosters, potential elimination of ASG
-Changes to postseason only w/player input/consent
Some of those things still could happen when the Commissioner implements a season, others not. An arbitrator is then likely going to be called to decide what happens, since players will not likely accept any implemented season, despite their “tell us when and where” mantra of a few days ago. We’ll see if that happens this quickly:
Rob Manfred expected to now implement 54-60 game season that would start no earlier than July 26— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 22, 2020
There are several owners pleading with Commissioner Rob Manfred to go ahead and implement a season tonight.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 22, 2020
If you think it’s ugly now, it’s going to get worse... and that’s not even taking into consideration the uptick in outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in many areas hosting MLB teams, and the possibility of further outbreaks elsewhere or a second wave later in the summer.
As always, we await developments.