Complete Lack of MLBPA Counter-Proposal This Week Does Not Bode Well for July 4 Return

Tony Clark

MLBPA director Tony Clark and the players did not submit a counter-proposal to the owners. | Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

The latest news surrounding the 2020 MLB season has all been bad: the players were not happy at all with the most recent proposal sent over by owners (rightfully so), and planned to rage and regroup this week.

The players were expected to make a counter-proposal with their own terms that theoretically wouldn’t include 75% pay cuts. That apparently never happened this week, though, and fans are left wondering if there will even be a season.

So, is there a plan? The players had the week to send over a proposal, and June 1 arrives on Monday. Time is ticking, and if the goal is to play a season over 82 games (or even more games, as we recently heard the players preferred), the total lack of a new proposal makes a July 4 start date start to seem difficult to reach.

The players will need at least three to four weeks to get back into shape after the long layoff.

This is disappointing news, and Major League Baseball is in danger of permanently damaging its reputation if the fight over money continues. The NBA and NHL have plans in place to return, yet a summer sport can’t agree on money. Regardless of what side one takes, this latest update is not a good one.

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