MLBPA Rejects Proposal Of MLB 2021 Season Delay
Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) rejected MLB’s proposal to delay the start of the season and carry on with the initial schedule for the full season. As such, the league now holds the spring training and the regular season as scheduled.
“We do not make this decision lightly…Players know first-hand the efforts that were required to complete the abbreviated 2020 season, and we appreciate that significant challenges lie ahead. We look forward to promptly finalizing enhanced health and safety protocols that will help players and clubs meet these challenges,” the MLBPA said in a statement.
Last week, the MLB proposed a 154-game schedule that would pay all the players for 162 games and pause their official arrivals to camp until March 22 and the first few games until April 28. The proposal also included expanding the playoffs from 10 to 14 teams and implementing the designated hitter in the National League.
MLB hopes that the delay might allow COVID-19 cases in the Arizona hot spot to recede, allowing teams to host live games with fans. Half the teams in the game train in Arizona, the other half is spread out across the country. They will constantly train in their designated states until the Opening Day.
No new deal has been made after a back-and-forth discussion between the league and the players’ association following the proposal. The season will not be pushed back. The February 17 spring training report date and April 1 Opening Day are still intact, which also means all MLB odds coming your way will be up by then.
“Our 2020 season taught us that when the nation faces a crisis, the national game is as important as ever, and there is nothing better than playing ball..We were able to complete a 2020 season through Herculean efforts and sacrifices made by our players, Club staff and MLB staff to protect one another. We will do so again, together, as we work towards playing another safe and entertaining season in 2021,” the league answered back in a publicly released statement.
The failed negotiation surely affects other issues involving player salaries, free agent systems, and playoffs format. We have yet to see the full picture, but the MLB might lay down their counteroffers soon.