At their Monday afternoon conference, the players union voted to reject the latest proposal from MLB that would have included 60 games being played.
Sources tell @JeffPassan and I players have voted against the league's latest proposal to play 60 games. The vote was 33-5 against.
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) June 22, 2020
The vote was postponed from Sunday, as commissioner Rob Manfred made late tweaks to the offer, sources told ESPN‘s, Jesse Rogers. Manfred sent an email to MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark offering to cancel expanded playoffs and the universal designated hitter for 2021 if a full season isn’t played in 2020.
In addition, recent reports from around the country prompted the union’s executive board to meet on Saturday and the players planned to delay voting on the proposal until they collected data on coronavirus testing after several outbreaks at training facilities and in major league cities.
Complicating matters is the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen a spike in cases in Florida and Arizona. A source confirmed to ESPN that all MLB training camps will temporarily close after multiple teams reported positive coronavirus tests on Friday. The spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona will undergo a deep cleaning, and players will need to test negative before they can enter, according to multiple reports.
Regardless, many expect most teams will conduct their spring training 2 at their home parks, as the New York Yankees and New York Mets have been reported on doing.
The latest “no” vote now means that this could force commissioner Rob Manfred to implement a schedule, potentially without extra playoff teams but still with the right to grieve the terms of the March agreement between the two sides.