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Minor league baseball officially nixed for 2020 season

Baseball's minor leagues cancelled their seasons on Tuesday after Major League Baseball decided not to provide any players to its affiliated teams amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Play ball! MLB agrees with players on framework to start 60-game season

Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony.

MLB begins plan to implement 60-game season after players reject latest offer

Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players' association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Balk in baseball coronavirus talks, July 19 start off

An email from baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to union head Tony Clark led to a balk in the drawn-out talks to start the pandemic-delayed season, which now won't begin by July 19.

Players say MLB told union it won't agree to more than 60-game season

The players' association was told by Major League Baseball on Friday that teams will not agree to more than 60 games in the pandemic-delayed season, leaving open the possibility of an even shorter schedule of perhaps 50 games or fewer.

Owners reject latest counter from MLB players featuring 70 games, jersey ads

Baseball players proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule Thursday, a plan immediately rejected by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred with the sides 10 games and about $275 million US apart on plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season.

MLB, players' union talking 60-game season, full pay: report

The financial feud between Major League Baseball and its players took a step toward an agreement that could lead to a pandemic-delayed season after Commissioner Rob Manfred travelled to Arizona to meet with players' union head Tony Clark.

MLB commissioner changes tune, says he's 'not confident' there will be 2020 season

Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league baseball season after a breakdown in talks between teams and the union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The league also said several players have tested positive for COVID-19.

Playing for free, salary drop, 2022 lockout possible for MLB

Major League Baseball could be bracing for a spring training lockout and shortened 2022 season after the coronavirus pandemic heightened the likelihood of the sport's first work stoppage since 1994-95.

Baseball players say talks futile, tell MLB to order return

Baseball players told Major League Baseball additional talks to start the season during the coronavirus pandemic are pointless and said owners should order a return to work, which likely would spark lengthy litigation and the sport's return to labour wars.

MLB offers players 80 per cent of prorated salaries, 72-game season

Major League Baseball has offered players 80 per cent of their prorated salaries and a 72-game regular season starting July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season, according to details of the proposal obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

MLB offers 76-game season, up to 75 per cent of salaries to players: report

Major League Baseball made another try to start the coronavirus-delayed season in early July, proposing a 76-game regular season, expanding the playoffs from 10 teams up to 16 and allowing players to earn about 75 per cent of their prorated salaries.

MLB plan reportedly would save big-spending teams $100M US each

The New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers would each save more than $100 million US on player salaries as part of management's proposal to start the coronavirus-delayed season than they would under the union's plan, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

MLB rejects 114-game plan from union, threatens much shorter season

If Major League Baseball and its players take the field for a coronanvirus-delayed 2020 season, it will be after acrimonious negotiations that resemble their labour war of a generation ago.

MLB owners, players revert to salary bickering of old

Baseball owners and players have reverted to form, the type displayed over the past half-century during eight work stoppages filled with salary squabbles.