On Wednesday, Major League Baseball rejected the Players Association’s proposal for a 114-game season, and it was reported that they won’t send a counterproposal. Joel Sherman of The New York Post added that he heard “greater pessimism [Wednesday] from folks on both sides about MLB launching a season than at any point,” and said that “people who previously thought the sides would find a way, now expressing at least greater doubt (often more than that).”

Well, the pessimism about the chances for a 2020 MLB season continues to only increase.

According to Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger and Bleacher Report, “It’s going to take a miracle to save the season.”

A source told Klapisch that “things are really bad right now.”

The mood around the MLB negotiations is dark. Even the previously optimistic parties I check in with are losing hope. “Things are really bad right now.” It’s going to take a miracle to save the season.

The hope was that MLB could start a season in early July, but that particularly seems far-fetched right now, unless there’s a *quick* change in negotiations and plans. After all, a second spring training would be necessary for a few weeks, and it’s already June 5.

And now it seems that there’s a very good chance there won’t be an MLB season at all. The two sides have been very far apart in negotiations — players want full prorated pay for 80+ games, owners have reportedly been unwilling to do that for more than 50 or so games — and time is likely running out.

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