After a grueling lockout that has lasted the duration of the MLB offseason and threatened a full 162-game season, it was announced Thursday afternoon that baseball is back.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan made the announcement on Twitter that the MLB and players association had agreed to a tentative agreement on a new CBA.
“BREAKING: Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal, sources tell ESPN. While it still needs to be ratified by both parties, that is expected to be a formality, and when it is: Baseball is back,” Passan said on Twitter.
BREAKING: Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal, sources tell ESPN. While it still needs to be ratified by both parties, that is expected to be a formality, and when it is:
Baseball is back.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 10, 2022
Immediately, MLB fans swarmed Twitter to share their relief that the season is back on.
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WE GOT OUR SPORT BACK! pic.twitter.com/KWCkDmTw0A
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) March 10, 2022
Welcome back Baseball pic.twitter.com/mGGnuEIVs9
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 10, 2022
MLB be like… pic.twitter.com/PVFhoihnPs
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 10, 2022
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 10, 2022
Retweet if you love the smell of baseball.
— Ervin Santana (@ErvinSantana_54) March 10, 2022
28 days until Opening Day ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/tBzSfudmcD
— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) March 10, 2022
Baseball (1) pic.twitter.com/ZXmpps2g4Q
— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) March 10, 2022
— David (@dshusty) March 10, 2022
The deal being done prior to the MLB-imposed deadline today means that we should still be set for a full season, with Opening Day in just 28 days.
All offseason, the players union stood firm on their stance that they would not be folding until they had a deal from the owners in place that they felt positioned the players for a future of success. And while it was reported that the union’s executive board was planning on voting against MLB’s latest proposal, the rest of the players supported the deal enough to push it through.
Regardless, baseball is back. And fans couldn’t be happier.