Published: Tue, February 02, 2021
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MLBPA rejects Major League Baseball proposal to delay 2021 season

MLBPA rejects Major League Baseball proposal to delay 2021 season

All players would report for spring training on March 22, back from the current calendar that calls a voluntary reporting date of February 17 for pitchers, catchers and injured players, and February 22 for others.

Each team would start with 18 scheduled days off, and each team would be allowed to be scheduled up to 12 split doubleheaders. Experimental rules for seven-inning doubleheaders and beginning extra innings with a runner on second base would have continued for a second season. The union also believes fewer off days in a shortened season would be a safety concern.

The people familiar with the plan spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because no announcements were made.

Halem then asked Meyer to make a counteroffer, and Meyer sent an email asking Major League Baseball to guarantee salary and service time in the event of an interruption, one of the people said.

ESPN reported that players were considering the plan, with Major League Baseball having asked for a response by Monday. Players and union leaders are discussing the proposal this weekend, deciding whether to reject it outright or offer a counterproposal. "The clear-cut result of these deliberations is that players will not accept MLB's proposal, will instead continue preparations for an on-time start to the 2021 season, and will accept MLB's commitment to again direct its clubs to prepare for an on-time start".

The league said in its statement that those rule changes were "overwhelmingly popular with our fans".


The union has asserted that the fact there was a 60-game season played to completion in 2020 during a pandemic displayed an entire 162-game season can be played in 2021.

"This was a good deal that reflected the best interests of everyone involved in the sport by merely moving the calendar of the season back one month for health and safety reasons without impacting any rights either the players or the Clubs now have under the Basic Agreement or Uniform Player's Contract for pay and service time".

The MLBPA rejected the proposal, citing the lack of salary or service-time protections in the event of any delays or cancellations due to COVID-19, while advocating for an on-time start.

In the new postseason proposal, seven teams in each league would make the playoffs with a first-round bye awarded to the team with the best record in each league. There would be a selection show in which the seeded teams would be able to, in order of percentage, select their first-round opponent. The three advancing teams would join the team with a bye for a best-of-five division series.

Opening Day is scheduled for April 1. Yay? Eh.

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