Report: MLB players sends counter-proposal for 70-game season

By Matt Johnson
Jun 20, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Baseballs in a bin during batting practice between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Just when hope seemed lost for the 2020 MLB season, baseball turned a corner on Wednesday with a new proposal for a 60-game season. Now, the MLB Players Association is prepared to submit a counter-offer that would give fans even more baseball in 2020.

MLB Players Association offers plan for 70-game MLB season

A meeting between MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and union chief Tony Clark led to tremendous progress on Wednesday. While MLB believed a deal was close, though, the players’ union made it clear no agreement on the season was near.

Fortunately, things took another positive turn on Thursday. Following MLB’s proposal for a 60-game season with full pro-rata salaries, the players’ union has countered with a 70-game schedule in 2020.

The 10-game increase would be a delight to baseball fans and players, but MLB is expected to reject the proposal. However, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it is still considered a sign of progress with both sides close enough that a deal could be reached.

Following MLB’s decision to grant players their fully prorated salary, which was previously agreed to in March, it will cost owners more this season.

After the chances of baseball being played this year seemed so small, we’re headed in the right direction and that’s great news for everyone in MLB.