CHICAGO – The battle to restart baseball continues to feature back-and-forth haggling between owners and players well into the second week of June. The question of games and how much salary players receive is a continued sticking point, and another chapter was added late Tuesday night.
Per Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers of ESPN, the MLBPA has offered an 89-game schedule with a full prorated share of salaries along and expanded playoffs for the shortened 2020 season along with 2021.
While the salary demand is the same, the number of games was dropped from 114.
Per Rogers, the 89-game season would start on July 10th and conclude on October 11th.
This proposal comes after the owners made a 76-game offer with 75 percent prorated salaries earlier this week. Per Karl Ravech of ESPN, that end date will create problems for the owners, who wanted to end the season before November in case of a second wave of the coronavirus.
Time continues to tick for both sides as the middle of June now approaches. Teams will require at least a few weeks of training camp, most of which will occur in the team’s home cities, before a season can commence.
Already this will be a historic year in terms of how few games will be played. If the current offer by the players of 89 games were to be accepted, it would be the lowest since 1879. The record low for games in a season in MLB history is 70 in 1877.