Panel Reaction: MLB players vote down league’s final proposal
The 2020 season is now up to commissioner Rob Manfred as the MLB Players Association voted 33-5 against the league’s latest proposal. Now the league plans to implement a season after it settles health protocols with the union and determines if players will be able to report to camp by July 1.
Len Kasper, Matt Spiegel and Bruce Levine joined Cole Wright on Cubs 360 Daily to discuss the newest update from the ongoing negotiations between the MLB and the MLBPA. Kasper brought up some interesting points when it comes to some details regarding the 2020 season.
“There’s so many questions now…if it’s a 60 game season max, you might have to figure out some tie-break situations,” Kasper said. “What if you have a six-way tie for one of the two Wild Cards in the National League? If every day on the calendar really matters and you’re going to try to squeeze 60 games into 61-62 days, you’re going to have to have doubleheaders and hopefully no rainouts.”
The health parameters also need to be agreed upon between the MLB and MLBPA. Levine believes that those will determine who fans can see on the diamond this year.
“There’s so many variables involved in this,” Levine said. “You don’t know how many players will stay on the field. You don’t know how many players will opt out. You don’t know whether there will be any grievances for opting out. Will there be groups of people opting out once somebody tests positive for the coronavirus?”
Regardless of what the details of the 2020 season will be regarding health parameters, the number of games to be played or if there is a second wave that disrupts the season, there will be a new level of excitement for each game, according to Spiegel.
“Once you have buy-in by the fans, every game is going to mean so much,” Spiegel said. “I hope we get buy-in by the players. We could have gotten that more if the process had not been quite so ugly, if it wasn’t such a push here at the end, but once these games do take place, the meaning and importance of each one will be so highly elevated.”