It’s March 10th, at 2:16 pm, and there will be baseball!

The news, broken by Jeff Passan, says the Major League Players Association and Major League Baseball have reached a tentative agreement on a new CBA.

The final vote from the players came through at 26-12 in favor of the new deal.

Players can report to spring-training camps as early as tomorrow.

Opening Day will be April 7, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. 

Rumor has it that as soon as the deal is ratified, free agency can start. We are likely to see a crazy few days, leading up to the start of spring training games.

Some big names will probably have deals by the end of the day, and some may even be with the Cubs.New Cub Marcus Stroman wasted no time following the news of the lockout ending trying to recruit free agent shortstop Carlos Correa.

Sigh of Relief

Fans, including myself, across the country are just glad there will be baseball played this season, and more or less on time. 

We did not have to get too many of those crazy “what if” scenarios of how many games will end up being played, or if any games would be played at all. We can put any of those ideas behind us and focus on what is coming in about a month.

After the pandemic shortened season in 2020, I was really hoping for a quick deal because of the talent that is currently in baseball. I didn’t want to see any of these players’ careers messed up by taking a year away from the game, and the uncertainty of how they would perform after missing x amount of games.

There will be normal 9 inning doubleheaders, and no more man on second to start extra innings, also reported by Jesse Rogers.

Nothing beats an afternoon at Wrigley Field

Now we can look forward to those afternoons in Wrigleyville sitting in the best stadium in baseball, never happier to be drinking overpriced beer and eating a ballpark dog. 

April 7th against the Brewers can’t come soon enough.


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