MLBPA Expected To Turn Down MLB’s Proposal To Push Back Start Of 2021 Season [Report]
The 2021 MLB season is currently scheduled to begin on April 1, but as time passes, a pushback feels more and more inevitable.
In fact, the league actually submitted a proposed plan to the MLBPA that calls for the season to be delayed by a month.
But according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, the players’ union “is expected” to reject the league’s proposal. Per Nightengale, the union will reveal this to the league on Monday. They have not countered with another proposal.
Nightengale’s report detailed that the league submitted a 154-game proposal, with the regular season beginning on Apr. 28. Under this plan, players would be paid as if it were a full 162-game season.
On top of that, the proposal would see two significant changes carry over from 2020: The universal designated hitter rule as well as the 14-team playoff field. As Nightengale noted, the union still desires a full 162-game season. From the league’s standpoint, delaying the season would be a safer call as they hope for an increased distribution for COVID-19 vaccines.
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Game 7 of the 2021 World Series, if necessary, is scheduled for Nov. 3. Like last season, the plan is for all 30 teams to play home games at their regular venues.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ request to play home games at the Rogers Centre for 2020 was turned down by the federal government. They instead played their home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York. It’s unclear at this time if the Blue Jays will receive clearance to play at the Rogers Centre in 2021.
The 2020 MLB regular season was reduced to 60 games following intense negotiations between the league and players’ union. The regular season began on July 23, and the 14-team playoff tournament began on Sept. 20. The World Series concluded on Oct. 27, with the Los Angeles Dodgers defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in six games.
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