MLB Will Not Counter Players' 70-Game Proposal (UPDATE: Players Reportedly to Decide on 60-Game Proposal)

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MLB Will Not Counter Players’ 70-Game Proposal (UPDATE: Players Reportedly to Decide on 60-Game Proposal)

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I’m not going to burn up my Friday night getting pissed again by the fact that MLB and its owners aren’t going to do the obvious thing and just counter to the players’ 70-game response. I just don’t have it in me. I doubt you do either.

Here’s the news:

Even if the owners refuse to move off of 60 games, it’s not as if there weren’t a number of other financial terms that could have been countered. But, nope. Not even that.

So, again, we’re back where we started. The path toward an agreement was right there this week. So obvious. So necessary. And yet the sport finds another opportunity to deeply disappoint. Who knows what happens next.

The owners could now just unilaterally impose a 50-game season, and with it comes:

⇒ Much fewer games for the fans.

⇒ Much less money for the players.

⇒ Much less positive exposure for the sport.

⇒ Much more fan antipathy about the return.

⇒ Much more player hostility going forward.

⇒ Possibly fewer players actually participating.

⇒ Definitely fewer player-involved extra activities.

⇒ No expanded playoffs.

⇒ Likely even bigger fight about post-2021 CBA than already expected.

UPDATE: I would be very surprised if the players actually accept this deal without the right to later file a grievance:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.