July 24, 2021

MLB players and owners are inching toward a 2020 season, but the next 2 weeks are critical (Bleed Cubbie Blue)


This past week, MLB owners presented to players proposals on health and safety and finances for a possible 2020 season.

There has been a lot of mistrust between players and owners in recent years, and of course the clock is ticking on the current collective-bargaining agreement, set to expire after the 2021 season.

According to Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post, owners and players are both working on ways to get a season up and running over the next few weeks, but time is growing short:

The union, after disseminating the [health and safety] document to its members, responded Thursday with a series of questions, suggestions and requests for clarification on issues including testing frequency, protocols for positive tests, the presence of on-site medical personnel, protections for high-risk players and family members, access to pre- and postgame therapies and sanitization protocols. Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout is among the players who have expressed reluctance to play without daily testing.

One person familiar with the dialogue said Friday that the sides had already made significant progress on the health and safety issues, less than 24 hours after the union had…

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