MLB, MLBPA willing to compromise on financial issues

Ruben Hill
May 25, 2020

"The union has spent the past several days carefully reviewing the manual and gathering feedback from its medical experts and players across the league, including a 3.5-hour video conference with 100-plus player leaders on Monday", a spokesman for the union told the Post.

According to the Wall Street Journal's Jared Diamond, the union's response highlighted the frequency of COVID-19 testing, protocols for those who test positive for the virus, protective measures for higher-risk players and families, medical personnel within ballparks and sanitizing measures.

The MLBPA began disseminating the document to its 1,200 members shortly after receiving it, commissioning a Spanish version for its Latin American players, and consulted with its own set of medical experts.

The union wants more frequent testing than management's proposed "multiple times per week".

Stay tuned. The economic proposal will reportedly be presented to the players on Tuesday.

As the document made clear, playing a 2020 season will require significant behavioral modifications for players and all other essential personnel permitted into the stadiums. Spitting has been prohibited and further measures were put in place to discourage the use of stadium locker rooms as well as forbid the use of hotel fitness and dining facilities while on the road. Major League Baseball said they would be tested several times a week but some players, like Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout, are asking to be tested every day.

Major League Baseball is expected to make an economic proposal to the union within a few days.

If the parties agree on protocols to start the season, the controversial player compensation issue would still need to be resolved, which has grown into a public dispute in recent weeks.

The players have already said they will not accept any proposal that calls for a 50-50 split of revenue, while the owners would be opposed to paying prorated player salaries above the projected 82-game schedule.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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