By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The fate of the 2020 Major League Baseball season is now in the hands of commissioner Rob Manfred.
With the MLB and MLBPA entrenched in a fight for acceptable payouts and season length for what feels like an eternity, the latest proposal from the owners was met with a 33-5 no vote from the players, according to ESPNS's Jesse Rogers and Jeff Passan.
Some key elements in this since-rejected proposal included a 60-game season at fully prorated salaries, an expanded postseason format, a minimum $25 million playoff pool for players, and with salaries not guaranteed in the event of the season being cancelled.
“The MLBPA Executive Board met multiple times in recent days to assess the status of our efforts to resume the 2020 season," the MLBPA said in a statement shortly after their vote. "Earlier this evening, the full Board reaffirmed the players’ eagerness to return to work as soon and as safely as possible. To that end we anticipate finalizing a comprehensive set of health and safety protocols with Major League Baseball in the coming days, and we await word from the league on the resumption of spring training camps and a proposed 2020 schedule.
"While we had hoped to reach a revised back to work agreement with the league, the Players remain fully committed to proceeding under our current agreement and getting back on the field for the fans, for the game, and for each other."
But without an agreement at the negotiating table, and with the season up to Manfred, the sides will now engaged in what Buster Olney described as "mutually assured destruction."