The negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Players Association on a 2020 season have gone absolutely nowhere in recent weeks. MLB’s latest season proposal was quickly met with disappointment (but some laughter too) by the MLBPA, and the union officially rejected the proposal on Saturday and will not send a counterproposal.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, MLBPA wrote in a letter to MLB, “If it is your intention to unilaterally impose a season, we again request that you inform us and our members of how many games you intend to play and when and where players should report. It is unfair to leave players and the fans hanging at this point.”

The players reportedly would like an answer on the season by Monday.

Additionally, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark (pictured above) said in a statement, “As a result, it unfortunately appears that further dialogue with the league would be futile. It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”

So, the players grew sick and tired of these motionless negotiations, and it’s now expected that MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred will unilaterally impose a season of around 50 games (likely 48), with players receiving full prorated salaries.

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon tweeted, “The league/owners have consistently tried to turn this pandemic into a CBA negotiation. Lets shut that down. Players have wanted to play the entire time and have been working their tails off to stay ready. It’s time to play ball. It’s what our fans deserve.”

Even if there’s Major League Baseball in 2020, the owners and Manfred will come out of this situation looking very bad, and the relationship between the players and league/owners is sure to remain rough for a while.

Oh, and the owners and players haven’t even reached final agreement on health and safety protocols, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. That’s kind of a big deal during a pandemic.

Update- MLB released this statement on Saturday night:


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