With a new deadline being instituted by the owners this week, there now remains a chance that the 2022 MLB season could end up being a full 162-game season, even after Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that games would be cancelled and not made up when last week’s deadline was not met.
If this week’s deadline, which is today, isn’t met, then Manfred will most likely cancel more regular season games, which doesn’t seem like too much of a threat given that he cancelled games last week and now says that there is a chance to make them up and get a full season.
On Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports on how the full 162-game MLB season could potentially still be saved.
If an agreement is reached today, the tentative plan is for Opening Day to be April 6-7, with the regular season extended by three days. The other missed games from the week-long delay would be made up in doubleheaders during the season.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 9, 2022
Deal Or No Deal?
As Nightengale notes, the season would start around April 6 or 7 if an agreement is reached today, with three days being tacked onto the end of the regular season schedule and other games being made up as part of doubleheaders, which could theoretically work.
This year, doubleheaders will not be seven innings after two seasons of them being said length.
We can only hope Nightengale is onto something.
Baseball is needed now more than ever, and a full 162 games would be an absolute treat for fans after having waited through the lockout and a shutdown due to COVID-19 back in 2020, a year which saw the season shortened to 60 games because of the pandemic and failed negotiations to return to play.
It’s time to get baseball back up and running again.
Fans and players are tired of the lockout and just want to see the grand old game again.
Baseball has always been there to help heal after tough times.
It’s time for baseball to be there for that again.