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ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 10: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions during an MLB owner's meeting at the Waldorf Astoria on February 10, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Manfred addressed the ongoing lockout of players, which owners put in place after the league's collective bargaining agreement ended on December 1, 2021.

It looks like the baseball season may be a full 162 game season this year. It’s not definite, but ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports “Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal… While it still needs to be ratified by both parties, that is expected to be a formality, and when it is: Baseball is back.”

ESPN and CBS Sports report that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a new collective bargaining agreement. The owner-imposed lockout will be lifted and the offseason will resume.

The owners first enacted the lockout on December 2, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired; this was Major League Baseball’s first “work stoppage” since the 1994-1995 player’s strike.

Commissioner Rob Manfred previously announced the cancelation of two weeks of the 2022 regular season, but, per CBS Sports, it appears a 162-game season will still be played. MLB has yet to make an announcement, but CBS reports that Opening Day is set for April 7.

CNBC reports that the agreement is subject to ratification. Twenty-three of MLB’s 30 owners must approve the deal. The players association’s executive committee and player representatives voted to OK the agreement, according to ESPN. CNBC also reports that the season, which had originally been set to start March 31, will now begin April 7. If the terms are agreed on, the season will be extended three days, and the schedule will include multiple doubleheaders to make up for potential lost games.

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