The process was anything but smooth, but the MLB lockout is over.
On Thursday afternoon, the Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to the latest offer from MLB.
— MLB (@MLB) March 10, 2022
One day after they were in a relatively dour mood, the players were upbeat about Thursday’s developments.
— Tomas Nido (@tnido24) March 10, 2022
Let’s play ball. Finally pic.twitter.com/1bWE63Lo4U
— CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) March 10, 2022
Today is a good day
— Gavin Sheets (@cleansheets24) March 10, 2022
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) March 10, 2022
Mood: extremely delightful😇 pic.twitter.com/JUySFVcOVa
— Jazz Chisholm Jr (@j_chisholm3) March 10, 2022
WE ARE BACKKKKKKKKK
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) March 10, 2022
Baseball is back 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/6cWdkRLMgQ
— Jonathan India (@JonathanIndia) March 10, 2022
Baseball is back! pic.twitter.com/GD38kEXdei
— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) March 10, 2022
— Triston 🌎 McKenzie (@T_eazy24) March 10, 2022
Let’s goooooooooo! #BaseballIsBack
— Randal Grichuk (@RGrich15) March 10, 2022
— Alex Wood (@Awood45) March 10, 2022
See y’all soon ✈️✈️
— Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) March 10, 2022
There is another key matter which has grabbed the attention of some players. At the time of the MLB lockout, some star players remained unsigned. As soon as the MLB owners vote to officially ratify the agreement, free agency will start again.
Welp, where am I signing? 😂😅
— Andrew McCutchen (@TheCUTCH22) March 10, 2022
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) March 10, 2022
— Archie Bradley (@ArchieBradley7) March 10, 2022
When does free agency start….. pic.twitter.com/NP7CxA0VTY
— Travis Shaw (@travis_shaw21) March 10, 2022
A lot changed in a short period of time.
On Wednesday, commissioner Rob Manfred announced that two more series had been canceled after an agreement was not reached. As part of that announcement, Manfred also said that the season would start no earlier than April 14. That’s now moot.
The season will now get underway on April 7. It will also be a full 162 games, with the previously canceled games being made up in doubleheaders. It’s also worth noting that this new collective bargaining agreement lasts for five years. So, come 2027, we could be dealing with this all over again.
But that’s a problem for another day. For now, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association said it best.
— MLBPAA (@MLBPAA) March 10, 2022