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#pounditMonday, September 28, 2020

Report: Most MLB players would refuse to play less than half a season

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It does not sound like Major League Baseball’s short season proposal is going to be enough to satisfy players.

According to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, most MLB players — including several stars — would not be interested in playing less than half a season, which would rule out the league’s 50-game season proposal.

It’s worth noting that, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred believes the March agreement between the league and MLBPA means he can mandate a season length, and would do so without a formal deal with the players.

Things are still very murky. Players will be happy with the pro-rated salaries in the latest floated idea, but it sounds like many aren’t interested in getting ready for a season that short. At the very least, perhaps this will send everyone back to the negotiating table.

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