Baseball is back. Major League Baseball finally put an end to its first work stoppage since 1995 on March 10, 2022, when owners and the players union agreed — finally — to terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. It’s coming later on the calendar, but fans now know baseball will officially return.
With the lockout officially in the rearview mirror, let’s look back at some of the key numbers — from minimum salary to the number of playoff teams to the new tax threshold — from the newly-ended labor impasse.
The lockout ended on its 99th day. The impasse between MLB owners and the MLB Players Association began on Dec. 2, 2021, and ended on March 10, 2022.
The number of regular-season games that were initially canceled. The March 10 agreement ensures the full MLB schedule will happen in 2022, though the season will start a bit later than usual.
Opening Day was originally scheduled for March 31. The lockout ate up more than three weeks of spring training, which pushed back the start of the season.
The opening date for the 2022 MLB season is April 7. The first pitch of the regular season will happen in the Bronx as the Yankees host the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET, according to MLB.com.
The number of total playoff teams, six in each league. The postseason previously consisted of 10 teams total.
The new baseline to trigger the competitive balance tax. The threshold will grow to $244 million by 2026, per ESPN.
MLB’s minimum salary increases 23% to $700,000 in 2022 and grows to $780,000 by 2026, which should provide a slight boost to how much the average MLB player makes.
Starting in 2023, MLB will have 45 days to implement new rules agreed upon by a joint committee.
The number of new roster spots, essentially, in the National League as the NL agreed to adopt the designated hitter this season. So, 49 years after the a fishing trip cost the NL the DH, the senior circuit now follows suit and ensures baseball has unified rules in both leagues.
Amount of money in a yearly performance bonus pool to be awarded to arbitration-eligible players.
The number of teams in a new draft lottery meant to curtail outright tanking and the poor play and embarrassment that comes with it.