Is MLB closer to playing in 2020?

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MLB Players' Association president Tony Clark

Confusion continues to surround the ongoing talks to start the 2020 Major League Baseball, as the league and MLB Players Association can not even agree on what even transpired during a face-to-face meeting earlier this week between MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and union executive director Tony Clark. Now this has been the players' hardline stance the entire time.

Major League Baseball and the MLBPA appear to be progressing toward an agreement on a 2020 season, but you can still find obstacles to overcome. Expectations are that they'll pick up discussions again Thursday in hopes of reaching an agreement by the week-end, Nightengale reports.

It is unknown how many players or staff have tested positive, or which teams have been impacted, according to USA Today. In this plan, the players got what they wanted: full prorated salaries.

The MLBPA on June 18 made a counterproposal for a 70-game season, 10 games longer than the last management offer, lasting from July 19 to September 30. The owners proposed a 60-game season, but that the players will nearly definitely counter. Clark, on the other hand, said that there were "significant issues" with Manfred's recommendations and that no tentative agreement had been reached.

While there have been multiple proposals put forth, this latest one might be the one to stick.

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Manfred and Clark have been locked in increasingly harsh negotiations over how and when the 2020 season, which was indefinitely delayed because of the pandemic in the middle of spring training, can start.

Manfred issued a statement that he and Clark "left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents".

This follows a meeting between Commissioner Rob Manfred and the head of the MLB Players Association.

On Saturday, the union rejected the owners' third offer, saying further negotiation would be "futile" and demanding that owners "tell us when and where" to report for work. Both the players and owners are seeking to secure a favorable percentage of money in a shortened season.

The players union has complained that the league is attempting to play the fewest number of games possible.

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