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Major League Baseball Players Association rejects league’s most recent proposal and will not counter

"It is unfair to leave the players and the fans hanging at this point."

Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association, answers questions at a news conference. Morry Gash/AP File Photo

The Major League Baseball Players Association announced Saturday that it is denying the league’s latest offer and will not make a counteroffer.

In a letter to the league, the union asked MLB to provide a firm number for how many games the season will have and when and where players should report. The MLBPA is demanding the league informs it of its plans by Monday, June 15, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The sides have gone back and forth for weeks, and it appears as though this could end up being a tipping point.

“It is unfair to leave the players and the fans hanging at this point,” the MLPBA wrote in the letter, according to Passan.

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Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLBPA, released a statement noting that the Association has made it clear that its 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, Clark wrote, and made additional proposals to inject new revenues into the industry that would benefit all parties.

He said those proposals have “fallen upon deaf ears,” adding that the league’s response is “fundamentally unfair to players.”

“It appears that further dialogue with the league would be futile,” Clark wrote. “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that union negotiator Bruce Meyer said “there remain several open issues that will need to be addressed soon” on health and safety protocols.

Major League Baseball responded with a statement of its own Saturday night.

“We are disappointed that the MLBPA has chosen not to negotiate in good faith over resumption of play after MLB has made three successive proposals that would provide players, Clubs and our fans with an amicable resolution to a very difficult situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.

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