The Major League Baseball Players Association has turned down latest MLB proposal for the universal designated hitter and an expanded playoff format, sources confirmed to ESPN.
The news was first reported by MLB Network.
The union’s stance has been all along that it did not want to talk about a trade of the universal DH — which benefits a group of players — in return for expanded playoffs. Nonetheless, MLB included the two items in its proposal, and that concept has been turned down.
The universal DH and expanded playoff format were implemented for 2020 during the 60-game shortened regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic.