MLB and union chiefs meet, and new plan offers hope of a season

By Tyler Kepner

After weeks of acrimony and brinkmanship tactics that threatened to cancel the Major League Baseball season, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday that he had reached an understanding with Tony Clark, head of the players’ union, on a framework to play in 2020.

Clark still must get the players’ approval to make the plan official, but Manfred said in a statement that he would encourage the league’s 30 teams to accept the terms. After requesting an in-person meeting, Manfred flew to Phoenix and held discussions with Clark for several hours Tuesday.

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