Baseball is back! The MLB owners and the MLBPA reached a tentative agreement on a new CBA Thursday afternoon. The agreement today means there will still be a full 162-game season beginning with Opening Day on April 7.
Some of the most notable changes agreed upon in the new CBA include:
- Expanding the postseason to 12 teams
- The National League adopting the Designated Hitter
- A draft lottery
- The league minimum salary raises to $700K this season
Additionally, the league will have 45 days to implement rule changes including a ban on shifts, implementing a pitch clock, and installing larger bases for the 2023 season.
After the two sides failed to reach an agreement yesterday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred canceled another week of the season. Those games have now returned to the schedule. The season will be moved out a week with nine-inning double-headers to make up the remaining games. That means no more seven-inning double-headers.
Now that baseball is back and open for business, players can voluntarily show up for training camp beginning Friday, March 11 with a mandatory return date on Sunday, March 13.
The 99-day lockout marks the second-longest work stoppage in league history. The longest strike occurred between 1994 and 1995. The 232-day strike started August 11 and lasted until April 2 of the following year, one day before replacement players were set to begin playing games that counted. Prior to that, the most significant work stoppage happened in 1981 when the MLBPA went on strike in the middle of June and did not return to play until August 9. The work stoppage caused the cancellation of 713 games.
Fortunately, in spite of the length of time, the league won’t lose games this time around. The two sides now have another five years to help repair any damage done due to this round of negotiations.
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