MLB and MLBPA will have negotiations over the proposal this week
It is still very early in the process, but it seems that professional Baseball could be returning sooner than expected. According to multiple sources, Major League Baseball owners approved a proposal that would have teams playing games in home stadiums by early July. A source with the Associated Press says that the league is aiming to start playing again around July Fourth Weekend.
The next step in the proposal process will take place tomorrow when the plan is presented to players by Commissioner Rob Manfred. ESPN is saying that both sides are expecting tomorrow “to be a contentious negotiation.” Money is expected to be a big issue in these negotiations one source said. The source also said that owners did agree to a 50-50 revenue split with the players on a conference call earlier today.
According to the Associated Press, the abbreviated season would allow each MLB team to play in 82 games. Inter-league match-ups will be limited this year. Under the proposal, the AL East would face the NL East, the AL Central would face the NL Central, and the AL West would face the NL West. Lastly, the playoffs would be expanded to 14 teams from ten with four wild card teams in each league.