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.

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?

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.

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.


20 Responses

  1. Melvin

    It’s just plain crazy what’s been going on.

  2. RedNat

    got a feeling the players are going to chicken out. the problem I see is what happens next year? the virus still will be around. I doubt there will be any vaccine or treatment. I would think financial pressures on the younger players will begin to mount but older wealthier players will still likely want to sit it out. could create an interesting divide in the players union.

  3. Tom Mitsoff

    If there is a season, it seems more probable that teams will need every player on a 50-player combination of roster and taxi squad. We’re seeing the reports of high percentages of college football teams being infected since they have started group activities. No reason to think that wouldn’t happen to at least some degree in baseball. I read elsewhere that both Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart have wives who are pregnant. They’ll need to think long and hard about whether they want to participate. If there is a season, it’s not going to be a manager’s job to put his best team on the field every day. It might be his job to determine who is available and then cobble together a lineup of uninfected bodies.

    • MK

      KBO seems to be getting along. Of course I am not so sure MLB players are as socially disciplined as the KBO players. I think they should write the season off.

  4. Doug Gray

    Article updated with new information

  5. Tom Mitsoff

    That is almost certainly the case.

  6. RedsFan11

    I’ll See YOU in Twenty, Twenty Two

  7. Doug Gray

    No, I don’t think that everyone will play even if it passes.

    What is interesting to me is seeing the split among the writers – and even some of them former lawyers – about how this plan should be voted on by the players. Before today they’ve all pretty much been right in line with a “no way the players should accept this plan (whichever one it was that was being proposed) by ownership”, while today it’s still a little more “no” than “yes”, but there are some out there thinking they should vote yes.

  8. Doug Gray

    I think it’s more likely that they wanted to be able to discuss things further, as MLB offered up a few changes today. I expect a no to come down overall, though.

  9. Colorado Red

    Could also mean it is close, and last minute details are being negotiated on.
    It could also mean MLB wants to play more then we have been led to believe.

    I know there are differences, but lots of people are doing there jobs (I work for home, so no big deal).
    Walmart workers, truck drivers, Police and fireman are all out there doing there jobs.
    I understand the pregnant wives, I would opt out in there shoes.

  10. Tom Mitsoff

    Apparently the only place to go from here is for Manfred to set a schedule, and for whichever players choose to show up to show up.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      As mentioned above, I think it’s more than likely that you’ll see large percentages of team rosters test positive, and that much of the game action will involve the taxi squad players. Not hoping for that, obviously, but it’s already happening in other sports. A women’s soccer team had to shut things down today because of it.

  11. Tom Mitsoff

    Not having the full union membership cast ballots pretty much ensured that it would be a no vote.

  12. Tom Mitsoff

    Probably less than 60 games, if the owners’ need to cut the number of games to cut financial losses is how they direct Manfred to proceed.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Then you get the taxi squad guys. It’s my understanding that the taxi squad will be kept in a different location than the major league team, and certainly one reason for that is to prevent the taxi squad from being part of a major-league-team-wide infection.

    • Melvin

      As crazy as all this has been, some baseball, any baseball, even with a taxi squad, would be better than nothing. There is one thing for sure no matter what happens. This is a season that history will never forget as the most unusual good or bad and we’re living in it.

  13. jim walker

    Given what’s happening with the virus in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, it is a long shot any games get played in any of those states representing just short of 1/3 of all the teams. Makes no sense to build a bio bubble environment there or somewhere else unless all games are played in a bubble environment. And that’s not going to happen.

    The smartest thing to do might be to just throw in the cards till 2021.

  14. Tom Mitsoff

    Clearly the union said no because there was not enough benefit in the owners’ proposal to entice them to drop the possibility of a grievance. That is going to continue to be at the forefront of considerations as both sides map out the immediate future.

  15. Tom Mitsoff

    In a tweet at about 5:40 p.m. Central time, Trevor Bauer expressed his “exasperation.” “I believe there is a deal to be had here that is beneficial for everyone involved, and I’m honestly not sure what the holdup is.”

    I’ll repeat — had they allowed the full union membership to vote, the vote would have been substantially closer and even perhaps with a chance for passage.