March 27, 2020: MLB and the players` union agree to reduce the 2020 project to 10 rounds and only 5 rounds as part of more coronavirus modifications for the 2020 season. As part of the agreement, the project will be reduced from 40 to 20 towers in 2021. With a reduced design that reduces the number of incoming players, the MLB does not need lower levels of lower leagues months before the end of the PBA. Players are likely to insist on increasing the number of games played, as the owners of this agreement get significant returns – that is, the extension of the series and the abandonment of the claim. Extending the playoffs was also another property priority, although one that required the players` approval. Players seem ready to approve the growth of 10 playoff teams to 16 for the next two seasons, which, of course, increases the likelihood that the expanded playoff structure will be adopted sustainably in the next collective bargaining agreement. This reported offer marks the first real movement on the property side, and as such, it is an opportunity for new optimism. Negotiations appeared to have ended after the owners repeatedly made proposals that, for the most part, did not change their position. The players, on the other hand, have made proposals on several occasions that have made significant concessions. In other words, timing has not served baseball well. But MLB still has an opportunity to generate interest and loyalty to its product by making it as difficult as possible for its fans to feel good about baseball.
Admittedly, MLB would not have been able to return safely much earlier, and a longer lead over the start dates of other sports probably wouldn`t have inflated baseball`s long-term popularity than it would have inflated that of marble runs or corn holes. Nevertheless, sport has eliminated people at a time when it could have reinforced its somewhat misleading claim to the traditional status of “national pastime”. The only consolation is that the MLB managed to safely return to base just behind an entire TOOTBLAN. MLB`s recent 2020 season has been remarkable for its upheavals and uncertainties. Now that the season is over, the temptation for observers is to expect normality to return in 2021. Unfortunately, this probably will not be the case for a number of reasons — many of them are due to the COVID 19 pandemic. PHOENIX – The major leagues and the players` union are moving toward a deal to play the 2020 season with players who receive their full proportional salaries, but the two sides continue to argue over the course of the season, with two senior executives having direct knowledge of the discussions, USA TODAY Sports said. Post-season: Extended to eight teams per league for 2020, at MLB`s discretion, extends further than late October.
But what happens if the next collective agreement is established? Could the next agreement between players and owners implement some of these controversial changes in the game in the long term? That`s probably what the signs suggest.