Players at 70 games, MLB at 60, Manfred says deadline near

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MLB and the players are 10 games and about $275 million apart on efforts to start the coronavirus-delayed season.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

FILE – In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas. The chance that there will be no Major League Baseball season increased substantially Monday, June 15, 2020, when the commissioner’s office told the players’ association it will not proceed with a schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic unless the union waives its right to claim management violated a March agreement between the feuding sides. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Baseball players have proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule, a plan immediately rejected by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred with the sides 10 games and about $275 million apart on efforts to start the coronavirus-delayed season.

As part of the union proposal, players would wear advertisement patches on their uniforms during all games for the first time in major league history.

MLB has said there was a framework for the season, but the union said only that there was no agreement.

The MLB proposal includes a 60-game schedule that would have $1.48 billion in salaries plus a $25 million players’ postseason pool. The union would have $1.73 billion in salaries, plus a $50 million postseason pool.

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