With the MLB lockout over, it’s finally time to turn our focus back to baseball and prepare for the upcoming 2022 season.
Now that the labor battle is over, we have more clarity on the schedule.
After games were taken off the schedule due to the two sides not reaching a deal in time to meet the deadlines proposed by the owners, it looked as though the MLB season would be shortened.
Fortunately, the games that were lost will be made up as part of doubleheaders and with three days being tacked on to the end of the regular season schedule.
More importantly, we finally know when Opening Day will be.
16 teams will have Opening Day on Thursday, April 7.
The remainder will have Opening Day on Friday, April 8.
The first game on the schedule:
The Boston #RedSox against the New York #Yankees in the Bronx.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 11, 2022
Baseball Is Back
With the calendar finally set, baseball fans can breathe a little easier today.
Fans can wake up knowing that they don’t have to worry about updates on negotiations, but rather, can feel at ease knowing the lockout is over.
April 7 is the scheduled day for Opening Day, and the season will last a full 162 games.
The postseason has also been expanded to 12 teams, with the top two division winners receiving a first-round bye while the remaining four teams play a best-of-three Wild Card series.
We can finally say that baseball is officially back.
It feels good to say it.
The lockout is over.
The schedule is finally set, and we can focus on baseball again.
And it’s good to have everything set in stone now, after three months of uncertainty.
Fans were preparing for a second shortened season in a three-year period.
There was no way of knowing when this would all be over, but now, it’s time to get going again.
Baseball is finally back!