The commissioner made these inspite of months of a standoff between organizers and players regarding payments. The commissioner also said that he will order for opening day even if there’s no end in sight for the stalemate.
Rob Manfred said, “I can tell you unequivocally we are going to play Major League Baseball this year.”
Meanwhile, the Player’s Association made a second proposal in which thy asked for a 89-game regular season along with 100% prorated salaries. This was a counter to MLB’s earlier offer of 76-game season along with just 50% prorated salaries.
Manfred said, “It will be another significant move in the players’ direction in terms of the salary issue that has kept us apart. We’re hopeful that it will produce reciprocal movement from the players’ association, that we’ll see a number other than 100% on salary and some recognition that 89 games, given where we are in the calendar in the course of the pandemic is not realistic.”
He added, “I would prefer to negotiate a new agreement with the MLBPA that gets us more games and resolves the issues that have separated us amicably. But at the end of the day, we negotiated for the right in March to start the season on a number of games that we select in these particular circumstances. And if we have to, we’ll exercise that right.”