The Major League Baseball Players Association was set to vote on MLB’s proposed 60-game schedule earlier today. But some late changes pushed that vote to 3:00pm ET today. There are some conflicting reports on how things may go among the 38-player panel (30 team representatives, 8 executive board members that are players).
Jim Bowden of CBS Sports and The Athletic says that he is hearing it could be passed with the new changes to protect the players. That and the fact that if there is a deal not worked out for 60 games that the owners may choose to implement a 48 or 50 game schedule. With how much time continues to go by, it gets tougher for the players to argue the “attempt to play as many games as possible” side of things.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) June 22, 2020
However, Joel Sherman of MLB Network just tweeted that the expectations are that the 38-player executive board will reject the plan for a 60-game season by Major League Baseball. His report comes about an hour and a half after the one from Bowden. Have things changed or are they just simply hearing different things from different people?
The 38-member exec board votes today at 3 pm on MLB’s proposal built around a 60-g season, prorated pay. The expectation remains they reject. If so, will Manfred move to implement a season?
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) June 22, 2020
Given how quickly news seems to get out, I would expect that we know how the vote went by 5:30pm ET (the meeting has been moved), if not sooner. If it gets approved, then maybe we will get baseball this summer – and if nothing else, we’ll at least know when we’re going to be attempting to get baseball going.
But if the players vote no on the plan, it goes back to Rob Manfred and the owners as to whether or not they will choose to implement a season at their number of games at prorated pay as agreed upon in the March agreement between the two sides. Time is simply running out for back-and-forth negotiations and offers between the two sides.
Update at 2:00pm ET
The MLBPA Executive Board meeting is now set for 5pm.
MLBPA exec board meeting now moved from 3pm to 5pm
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) June 22, 2020
Update at 2:53pm ET
We’ve got some more updates from Jim Bowden and Ken Rosenthal about what exactly is being voted on today by the players.
Confirming Jim’s report. Also: MLB unwilling to provide additional funds for players in either 2020 or 21 playoff pool. MLB proposal was to forgive $33M of $170M advance, only for players on split contracts. Both sides also can agree to eliminate DH/expanded playoffs for ‘21 now. https://t.co/G6KvKRBRiZ
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 22, 2020