MLB and Players Union Reportedly Move Closer to Saving 2020 Season With New Proposal After Face-to-Face Meeting

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
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Baseball fans have gone three months without MLB baseball, as a combination of the coronavirus pandemic and labor strife between the 30 MLB owners and the players' union led to an extremely delayed start to the season.

Finally, after weeks of bickering back and forth, Rob Manfred and Tony Clark appear to have finally put down the pitchforks and come together to get this show on the road. The league and union are reportedly closing in on an agreement that will finally get the 2020 season started, per Jon Heyman. In the agreement, players will be paid on a prorated basis, and the playoffs will be expanded.

This comes just a few days after Manfred expressing doubt over the possibility of playing the 2020 season. Other MLB insiders expressed this new proposal differently, with Evan Drellich saying no deal was "close," while Joel Sherman admitted that the "real" negotiations were finally under way after a massive step this week.

Heyman's original tweet, however, does not mention the amount of games that will be played, nor does it mention the amount of playoff teams or revised postseason structure.

This announcement comes just a few minutes after Heyman reported that Manfred and Clark met face-to-face in Arizona during what was called a "productive meeting."

It certainly took longer than most expected that it would, but this is certainly great news for baseball-starved fans. After three months of anguish, the MLB might finally be coming back in the near future.