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Players Association Rejects Owners’ Offer, Manfred will impose season

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After a contentious negotiation, there will be baseball

UPDATE

It appears there will be baseball in 2020, contingent upon the players agreeing to the proposed safety protocols.

MLB released the following statement:

Ken Rosenthal is reporting Manfred will impose a 60-game season.

Purple Row will continue to follow this story.

(This story has been updated.)

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The saga continues. According to reports, just before 4:00 PM MT this afternoon, the MLB Players Association voted, 33-5, to reject the owners’ offer.

Those voting were one representative per team (Scott Oberg for the Rockies) and eight members of the MLBPA Executive Committee. (Daniel Murphy serves on the committee.)

Michael Cerami reported that the Rockies voted in favor of the proposal:

Last week, Andy Martino reported that Daniel Murphy was likely to vote yes:

The owners’ proposal called for a 60-game season, an expanded postseason, and no additional salary guarantees should COVID-19 lead to a cancellation of the season.

Shortly after the vote, the MLBPA released the following statement:

By rejecting the offer, the MLBPA reserves its right to file a grievance claiming that MLB did not negotiate in good faith to ensure a maximum number of games in 2020. The move is widely seen as setting the stage for 2021 when the current CBA expires.

The question now is whether Manfred will mandate a season for the MLBPA, which is his right as part of the March 2020 agreement between MLB and the MLBPA. His decision should arrive soon since the owners are committed to concluding the season by September 27.