MLBPA, owners clear final hurdles; players set to report to camps July 1
Major League Baseball will hold Opening Day either July 23 or 24, and players will head to training camps in a week
after the league and the union on Tuesday agreed on health and safety protocols that will govern the sport as it
attempts to return amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly three months of frustrating and failed economic negotiations ended with the league implementing a 60-game
season that will run through Sept. 27 and feature a number of new elements -- and the same 10-team playoff structure
it has used for almost a decade.
The lack of a deal between MLB and the MLB Players Association led to the league imposing a schedule, as was its
right in a March 26 agreement that also guaranteed players a fully prorated portion of their salaries. MLB on Monday
told the union it planned to impose a schedule as long as the players would report to training camp by July 1 and codify
a health and safety manual that runs more than 100 pages. The players agreed to both on Tuesday.
unlike labor strife of the past, this one was reconciled by the commish.
i was not aware he had the authority to do that... and it makes me wonder why past commissioners did not step in during previous work stoppages...