MLB Players Propose 114-Game Season Starting June 30: Report

Dan Mennella
June 01, 2020 - 8:34 am
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The MLB Players Association has reportedly put forth a proposal to the league's owners for a potential return to action in 2020.

The players have offered to play a 114-game season beginning June 30, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN, and any player who does not wish to play because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis would be allowed to opt out.

The season would end October 31 under the terms of the plan, the report said, and would also include deferred salaries in the event of a canceled postseason.

The plan, which was sent to the owners on Sunday, is the first offered up by the players, Passan noted, and was expected to be "immediately" rejected. It comes several days after the owners put forth a widely panned proposal which would have seen the players take a second round of pay cuts, after prorated salaries were agreed upon in preceding weeks.

The players hoped the offer would be a starting point for further talks, Passan noted, as baseball aims to become the first of the major professional sports leagues to return from the suspension.

Also included in the players' offer was two years' of expanded playoffs (from 10 teams to 14), and a request for a $100 million cash advance for players while they ramp up during a potential second "spring training," the report said.