Baseball’s doomsday clock is closer to midnight than it’s been in almost 20 years. On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN he’s “not confident” there will be a 2020 season. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported that MLB sent the MLBPA a letter threatening to cancel the season unless the players waived any legal claims (e. g. , a grievance asserting that the league had not bargained in good faith over the season length) against MLB. In March, with the league on hiatus amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the league and the MLBPA struck a deal giving MLB the power to determine the schedule unilaterally, while guaranteeing players their prorated salaries and protecting the advancement of service time.
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