Details on MLB insiders Revised schedule after lockdown

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MLB’s ability to add multiple doubleheaders has never been in doubt.

During negotiations for the 2022-26 collective bargaining agreement (CBA), things got so tense at one point that the league threatened the union to cancel regular season games and not reschedule them, which cost players a lot of money.

A few days later, it became apparent that they were doing this to put pressure on the players, as the final deal includes a lot of doubleheaders.

According to MLB insider Bob Nightengale, the league has already announced its schedule and Opening Day will be, as planned, on April 7.

“MLB announces revised schedule for 2022 season, which opens April 7th with regular season finale October 5th. Season will feature 31 scheduled doubleheaders to help catch up on week-long backlog,” tweeted Nightengale.

A schedule of 162 games was an ideal scenario for everyone

The regular season finale was pushed back a few days to account for days lost in CBA negotiations, but in the end the two sides were able to schedule 162 games.

It was the best possible outcome, in the end, for everyone involved: the owners had to deal with television contracts and other commitments that would have been complicated with lost games; players receive their full salary and fans can enjoy a full season, although it will be a bit tight for teams when it comes to rest days.

One important thing to note here is that unlike the past two seasons, the doubleheaders will have nine innings each instead of seven.

Everything is set for spring training games to start in a few days and regular season games to start soon.

Play ball!

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