Unlocked: MLB, MLBPA Reach a Deal
Baseball is back. After almost 100 days of being locked out, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have reached a deal. The move means that as soon as the deal is ratified - scheduled for 6:00 p.m. today, baseball can take place.
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, a full 162-game season will be played:
The deal came to fruition a day after MLB postponed Opening Day until April 14 in the absence of a new agreement and announced that each team’s first four series were removed from the schedule. However, as part of this agreement, a full 162-game schedule will be played, and the four series that were previously removed from the calendar will be rescheduled. The makeup games that came as a result of the delay will be rescheduled as nine-inning doubleheaders.
The target date of the start of the new season will be April 7.
There will be some schedule adjustments for sure. For the White Sox, that could either mean everything gets pushed back and they start April 7 with the original opener of the Twins. Or, if they move the first two series against the Twins and Royals into the season as part of 7 inning doubleheaders, the White Sox could be starting on April 8th on the road against the Tigers.
For the Cubs, they could open against the Reds on the road. Or if the first two series vs. the Reds and Cardinals get mixed into the season, they would start the season April 7 at home versus the Brewers. Seems more fitting.
This will be a busy few weeks. Stay tuned.