MLBPA expected to reject 154 game proposal

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the MLBPA is expected to reject the proposal MLB extended at their meeting last Friday.

MLB proposed a 154-game schedule, with spring training starting on March 22nd and the regular season opening on April 28.

It would include an expanded postseason field of 14 teams (down from 16 in 2020) and the universal designated hitter.

The MLBPA’s decision to reject the proposal isn’t a surprise, as they’ve never been keen on expanded playoffs in exchange for the universal DH, believing the former is much more beneficial to MLB than the latter is to the players.

Nightengale hears that the proposal also gives commissioner Rob Manfred expanded authority to suspend the season, something the union also surely isn’t crazy about.

The MLBPA is expected to formally inform MLB of its decision on Monday, per Nightengale.

It’s not clear whether they will submit a counterproposal at that time.

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