The 2020 Major League Baseball season and the hopes of playing it to some sort of abbreviated completion have taken another hit.
Reports are surfacing that the owners have officially rejected the union’s counterproposal and will not send a counter of their own:
MLB rejected the union’s proposal for a 114-game season and said it would not send a counter, sources tell The Athletic. The league said it has started talks with owners about playing a shorter season without fans, and that it is ready to discuss additional ideas with the union.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 3, 2020
The silver lining is that final piece where the sides look like they will continue to talk about a season, but let’s face facts. This does not look promising at all for anyone involved.
Several authors have begun chiming in with blame to pass all the way around, though most of it is being pointed in one direction.
I can’t emphasize it enough It’s not “Rob Manfred sucks” or “Tony Clark sucks.” No. In baseball it’s always owners dictating to players how it goes. It’s not a partnership. And the system is what allows this self-defeating arrangement to endure.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) June 3, 2020
Let’s just continue to hope and believe that these sides will come to a satisfactory agreement and players will hit the field soon.