MLBPA rejects proposal to delay 2021 season

The Major League Baseball Players Association rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to delay a 154-game regular season until April, the union announced Monday night.

MLB proposed pushing back the start of spring training to late March, with a 154-game regular season slated to start in late April. Players would be paid their full 162-game salaries under the proposal.

In a statement, the MLBPA cited concerns with playing doubleheaders, accepting expanded playoffs and the expansion of the designated hitter, and the lack of salary or service time protections should the season be delayed or canceled.

The MLBPA said players will continue to prepare for spring training to start in mid-February, as rejecting the proposal simply means the season will start as regularly planned.

“We do not make this decision lightly,” the union said. “Players know first-hand the efforts that were required to complete the abbreviated 2020 season, and we appreciate that significant challenges lie ahead. We look forward to promptly finalizing enhanced health and safety protocols that will help Players and Clubs meet these challenges.”

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