MLBPA agrees to 60-game season, health & safety protocols as baseball clears path to return

Players accept MLB's mandated 60-game schedule

Major League Baseball has not held a regular-season game since September 2019. That long stretch will likely come to an end in just over a month after the MLB Players Association reportedly informed the league on Tuesday evening that they’ve agreed to the league’s 60-game schedule.

MLB announced Monday night that they’d be implementing that schedule, forcing the Players Association to decide if they would report to the league’s second round of Spring Training, which is now reportedly slated to begin July 1.

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USA Today’s Bob Nightengale was first to break the story, which has since been reported by Jim Bowden of CBS Sports and the Athletic, as well as ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The announcement comes after multiple return-to-play proposals were rejected by both the owners and the Players Association over the course of the last four weeks.

The Players Association and the league did still need to come to an agreement regarding health and safety protocols before the deal could be made official; however, those standards have reportedly been agreed upon as of Tuesday night.

Nightengale was also the first to report that final detail, shortly followed by ESPN’s Karl Ravech and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

While not officially announced by MLB yet, the 60-game season is reportedly slated to begin with Opening Day on July 24. The MLBPA did tweet out that they were ready to return to Spring Training.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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