ESPN's Karl Ravech reported the latest proposal by the owners called for a season of "roughly 70 games." That came after the players proposed an 89-game season. The sides have gone back and forth all spring about the length of the season and how much players will get paid, though despite the uncertainty, Commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN last week he's 100 percent sure there will be a season.
Earlier Saturday evening, the head of the players association, Tony Clark, released his own statement on the situation:
“Players want to play,” Clark said, “It’s who we are and what we do.
“Since March, the Association has made it clear that our No.1 focus is playing the fullest season possible, as soon as possible, as safely as possible. Players agreed to billions in monetary concessions as a means to that end, and in the face of repeated media leaks and misdirection we made additional proposals to inject new revenues into the industry – proposals that would benefit the owners, players, broadcast partners, and fans alike.
“It’s now become apparent that these efforts have fallen upon deaf ears. In recent days, owners have decried the supposed unprofitability of owning a baseball team and the Commissioner has repeatedly threatened to schedule a dramatically shortened season unless players agree to hundreds of millions in further concessions. Our response has been consistent that such concessions are unwarranted, would be fundamentally unfair to players, and that our sport deserves the fullest 2020 season possible. These remain our positions today, particularly in light of new reports regarding MLB’s national television rights — information we requested from the league weeks ago but were never provided.
“As a result, it unfortunately appears that further dialogue with the league would be futile. It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”