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MLB Is Staring Down the Point of No Return

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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