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MLB plans 60-game slate, shortest since 1878 as union balks

Putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic
The roof sits open as seen from left field at Globe Life Field, the newly-built home of the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
The roof sits open as seen from left field at Globe Life Field, the newly-built home of the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 10:44 PM EDT
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NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Six days after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark negotiated to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16, widen use of the designated hitter to National League games and introduce an experiment to start extra innings with a runner on second base, the deal was rejected by the union.

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