# How Long Is A Spring Training Baseball Game

## On Spring Training Game Pace

It can be strange to talk about game speed and watchability as the resident FanGraphs Game Tempo Cares-A-Lot-About-er because preferring a quicker pace might be perceived as not actually appreciating baseball all that much. One may claim that a “genuine fan” is just concerned with the outs and the score, and is unconcerned by the pace with which the game is approaching its end. My concern is for things like speed and duration, and I understand that I can’t help but be concerned about them. As a result, I’ve begun to question how the speed of spring training compares to the speed of regular season competition.

Is it true that they are shorter?

What, if any, distinctions may there be between the two?

That isn’t a large number of games, but it is a representative sample of games, and that is what I have looked at thus far.

1. I’ve gone through and collated all of the data, and I’ve done some rudimentary math with it, just like you do with your data.
2. First and foremost, it should be noted that games do not last an inordinate amount of time during this time of year.
3. In the regular season, of course, games are played until a winner is determined, which is a factor, but it is just a minor influence.
4. For a short period of time, this has been the general direction of travel.
5. So far in February 2013, the average time of a spring-training game has been almost precisely 177 minutes, based on 83 games played so far.
6. So that’s what we came up with.
7. But!

Consider the distinction between game duration and gameplay pace: given two games of same length, one may have more content crammed into it.

A combined total of 78.4 plate appearances have been recorded in the average game thus far this spring.

Even so, the change is marginal.

On the one hand, spring-training games do not have to contend with large network commercial breaks that are regulated to be of a certain length, as they do during regular-season games.

If the substitutes are performed in the middle of an inning, they act as time extensions.

I wasn’t sure if the lower stakes would encourage folks to work more quickly.

Everyone understands that the games are pointless and that people are simply attempting to get their swings and pitches in as quickly as possible.

Possibly less pickoff attempts by pitchers and somewhat fewer batters stepping out of the box or calling timeouts, but oddities in hitters’ approach will remain unchanged, and slow pitchers will continue to perform the majority of the things that cause them to operate slowly.

Every time they step up to the bat, pitchers and hitters are still giving it their all.

I did take a cursory glance at a single case study, which happened to be the terribly glacial Jonathan Papelbon, but that was it.

It’s not pronounced at all.

Actually, it was two-thirds of an inning, and he came in to pitch in the top of the fifth inning of a game that was televised on MLB.tv and preserved on the website.

During the PITCHf/x era, he has averaged a time of 30.9 seconds during his whole career.

So I’m not sure how much to make of it, but Papelbon still seemed like Papelbon, at least in terms of the process, rather than the end result.

He continued to make funny faces.

The games, on the other hand, do not pass quickly, and we should not expect them to.

My understanding is that Jonathan Papelbon once made an appearance with a pitching interval greater than 45 seconds between pitches. Jonathan Papelbon is someone I don’t particularly care about.

## What to know as baseball is officially delayed

Cubs It is customary for the start of major-league spring training to occur this week, with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training camps in Arizona and Florida. Instead, the MLB lockout has officially spilled over into the upcoming spring training season. The first week of exhibition games has been postponed by the league, and the possibility of a postponement of the regular season remains. This is a quick guide for anyone who hasn’t been completely disinterested in the game up to this point, and who wants to keep their eyes on the ball as the work stoppage continues.

## When was MLB spring training supposed to start?

The official reporting dates for pitchers and catchers were only specified by a few organizations. The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays were slated to start their spring training camps on Tuesday. In spite of the fact that the Cubs have never set an official report date, they normally begin camp within a few days after the earliest report dates.

## When are spring training games scheduled to begin?

The date will be set, but it will not be before March 5. The Major League Baseball (MLB) postponed the first week of games due to the ongoing league-imposed lockout. MORE: The Major League Baseball organization has postponed the first week of spring training games. Play in the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League was slated to begin on February 26. The Cubs were scheduled to play the Dodgers in Chicago, while the White Sox were scheduled to play the A’s in Arizona. The Cubs will face the Brewers on March 5, while the White Sox will face the Dodgers on the same day.

## Is minor league spring training happening?

Due to the lockout, the minor league season will not be affected. Matt Dorey, the Cubs’ vice president of player personnel, told NBC Sports Chicago that things are “business as usual” on that end of the field. Cubs minor league minicamp will begin on Tuesday, and their minor league spring training will begin on March 7 with the start of the regular season.

## Are MLB and the players union close to reaching a new labor agreement?

Due to the lockout, there will be no impact on the minor league season at all. When it comes to player personnel, the Cubs’ senior vice president of player personnel, Matt Dorey, told NBC Sports Chicago that things are “business as usual.” Cubs minor league minicamp will begin on Tuesday, and their minor league spring training will begin on March 7 with the opening of the regular season.

## How soon could spring training begin?

With the lockout still in effect, it is uncertain what will happen. However, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated last week that he anticipates that it would take less than a week to begin camps following the conclusion of a new labor agreement.

## Will the regular season start on time?

There is a chance that the regular season will not begin on schedule. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has stated that the league anticipates requiring four weeks for spring training assuming a labor deal is finalized. Further, according to reports, MLB has warned the union that the timeframe for reaching an agreement is February 28 in order for Opening Day to take place on March 31 as scheduled.

## What’s next?

Negotiations between Major League Baseball and the labor union are slated to continue on Monday.

In addition, the league announced in a statement on Friday that the two parties will meet every day next week in an effort to reach an agreement. To subscribe to the Cubs Talk Podcast, click here. Today is the day to get MyTeams!

## Cactus League 2022 Spring Training Schedule

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
February 20 February 21 February 22 February 23 February 24 February 25 February 26
February 27 Feb. 28 March 1 March 2 March 3 March 4 March 5SEAatAZKCatCINCWSatLADCHCatMILLAAatOAKCLEatSDCOLatSFLADatTEX
March 6AZatCHCSFatCLESDatCOLMILatCWSLADatLAALAAatKCTEXatOAKCINatSEA March 7MILatCIN *CHCatCOLOAKatKCCLEatLADTEXatMILSDatSEA March 8CLEatAZ *COLatCLETEXatCWSCHCatLAASEAatOAKCINatSDSDatSFCWSatTEX March 9CWSatCHCLAAatCIN *CINatCOLCHCatKC *OAKatLAD *SFatMILAZatSD March 10OAKatAZKCatCLELADatCWSCOLatLAASFatOAKMILatSEACHCatSFSDatTEX March 11KCatCHCTEXatCLEAZatCOLCINatKCSFatLAD *CWSatMILSDatOAKLAAatSEA March 12CWSatCIN *OAKatCOLSEAatKCTEXatLAAAZatLADCHCatMILCLEatSDLAAatSF
March 13MILatAZCINatCHCLADatCLECOLatCWSKCatLAALADatSDSEAatSFOAKatTEX March 14SFatAZCOLatCHCTEXatCIN *SDatCWSCLEatMILLADatSEASEAatTEX March 15SFatCIN *TEXatCOLCOLatKC *CLEatLAACHCatLADMILatOAKAZatSEA March 16LAAatAZOAKatCLESEAatCWSKCatSD *MILatTEX March 17LAAatCHC *CINatCLE *AZatCOLCWSatKCMILatLAD *SDatMILKCatSEA *OAKatSF * March 18LADatAZCLEatCHCSDatCIN *AZatCOL * (Las Vegas)CHCatCWSKCatMILSEAatLAACOLatOAKSFatSD *LAAatTEX March 19COLatAZ(Las Vegas)CINatAZSDatCLELADatCWSMILatLAACHCatOAKCOLatSEAKCatSFCLEatTEX
March 20CHCatCINCWSatCOLCLEatKCLAAatLADOAKatMILSDatOAKTEXatSEAAZatSF March 21MILatCHCLADatCIN *LADatCOLSFatCWSOAKatLAATEXatSDCINatTEX March 22CWSatAZ *SFatCHCLAAatCLE *COLatMILTEXatLADSEAatKC *OAKatSEA * March 23SEAatCIN *LAAatCOLCLEatCWSKCatOAKCWSatSD *LADatSFAZatTEX * March 24KCatAZTEXatCHC *OAKatCIN *LAAatCWSLADatKC *SDatLAAMILatSEA *CLEatSF * March 25SEAatCLEKCatCOL *AZatLAACHCatLADCINatMILCWSatOAKCOLatSD *SFatTEX March 26CHCatCLESFatCOLSDatCHCTEXatKCCINatLADOAKatMILAZatOAKCWSatSEA *MILatSF
March 27COLatAZSEAatCHCCLEatCINAZatCWSLADatLAA * (Angel Stadium)MILatSDOAKatSF(Oracle Park) March 28CWSatCHCLAAatLAD * (Dodger Stadium)KCatMIL(American Family Field)SDatSEAOAKatSF * (Oracle Park) March 29CWSatCHCLAAatLAD * (Dodger Stadium)KCatMIL(American Family Field)SFatOAK * (Oakland Coliseum) March 30 March 31REGULAR SEASON STARTS April 1 April 2

*An evening game This is a preliminary Cactus League spring training schedule for the 2022 season, which is subject to alteration and additions. Sign up for the Spring Training Online newsletter by clicking here to receive news and schedule updates during the spring training season. It is now simpler for fans to travel to numerous ballparks on several days, as well as attend two games in a day as part of a day-night doubleheader at two different ballparks, thanks to the concentration of the contemporary Cactus League in the greater Phoenix region.

1. The Arizona Diamondbacks are abbreviated as AZ.
2. CWS is an abbreviation for Chicago White Sox.
3. The Cleveland Guardians are abbreviated as CLE.
4. The Kansas City Royals are abbreviated as KC.
5. LAD is an abbreviation for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
6. OAK is an abbreviation for Oakland Athletics.
7. The Seattle Mariners are abbreviated as SEA.
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## Grapefruit League 2022 Schedule

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 22 Feb. 23 Feb. 24 Feb. 25 Feb. 26
Feb. 27 Feb. 28 March 1 March 2 March 3 March 4 March 5BALatATL *MINatBOSTORatDETMIAatHOUHOUatMIAWASatNYMSTLatNYYNYYatPITPHIatTB
March 6TBatBALSTLatDETWASatHOUNYMatMIANYYatMINPITatPHIATLatPITBOSatTOR March 7MINatBALBOSatNYYNYMatSTLDETatTBMIAatWAS * March 8TBatATL *PITatBOSPHIatDETHOUatMIATORatPHI March 9DETatBALNYMatHOU *PHIatMINTORatNYY *ATLatPITWASatSTLBALatTBDETatTOR March 10TORatATL *BALatBOSMIAatNYMTBatDETNYYatPHIMINatPITHOUatSTLNYMatWAS * March 11MINatBAL *WASatHOU *STLatMIABOSatMIN *ATLatNYMDETatNYY *PITatTBPHIatTOR March 12MIAatBOSTORatDETATLatHOUTBatMIN *PITatNYYBALatPHINYMatSTLSTLatWAS *
March 13NYYatATLPITatBALDETatBOSMIAatPITHOUatSTLPHIatTBMINatTORNYMatWAS March 14WASatMIADETatMINSTLatNYMBALatNYY *BOSatPHITORatPIT March 15BALatATLMINatBOSNYYatDETMIAatHOUPITatNYMWASatSTLTBatTOR March 16BOSatATLTBatBAL *NYMatHOUPITatMIAATLatMINPHIatNYYTORatPHI March 17TBatBOSTORatDETHOUatMIAATLatNYYBALatPHIMINatPITBOSatTBNYYatTORSTLatWAS * March 18ATLatBALTORatBOSPHIatDETSTLatMIAHOUatNYMBALatPIT *MINatTBNYYatWAS March 19NYMatATL *DETatBALMIAatHOU *BOSatMINPITatPHINYYatSTLTBatTORHOUatWAS
March 20BALatBOSPITatDETSTLatHOUWASatMIAMINatNYYNYMatPITATLatTBPHIatTOR March 21PHIatATLTORatBALBOSatHOUPITatMINWASatNYM *DETatNYYMIAatSTL March 22BALatDETBOSatMIAATLatMINHOUatNYMNYYatPHITORatTBSTLatWAS March 23DETatATLTBatBOS *DETatPHIBALatPITNYMatSTLHOUatWAS * March 24PHIatBAL *PITatBOSMINatDETSTLatHOUWASatMIANYYatTBATLatTOR * March 25TBatATLBOSatDETNYMatHOUBALatMIN *WASatNYYTORatPHIPHIatPITMIAatSTL * March 26BOSatBAL *ATLatBOSNYMatMIA *STLatNYM *PHIatNYYDETatPITMINatTBNYYatTOR *HOUatWAS *
March 27MINatATLPITatBALNYYatDETBOSatMINWASatNYMTBatPHIHOUatSTLBALatTORSTLatWAS March 28PITatATLTBatDETBOSatMINPHIatTOR March 29MINatBOSATLatPITPHIatTB(Tropicana Field) March 30 March 31REGULAR SEASON STARTS April 1 April 2

* A game played at night This is a preliminary schedule for the Grapefruit League in 2022, and it is subject to revision and additions. The exact times of the games will be disclosed at a later date. Sign up for the Spring Training Online email subscription to be the first to know about the latest spring training news. The Grapefruit League schedule for 2022 includes the following 15 clubs that practice in Florida: ATL is an abbreviation for Atlanta Braves. The Baltimore Orioles are abbreviated as BAL.

1. DET is an abbreviation for Detroit Tigers.
2. The Miami Marlins are abbreviated as MIA.
3. Northeastern University is abbreviated as NE.
4. The New York Yankees are abbreviated as NYY.
5. The Pittsburgh Pirates are abbreviated as PIT.
6. The Cardinals of St.
7. The Tampa Bay Rays are abbreviated as TB.
8. The Washington Nationals are abbreviated as WAS.

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• The Wausau Woodchucks have announced changes to their roster. Myshak Metro Ballpark is scheduled to open in 2023. Because of the progress being made on the new Oakland ballpark concept, Las Vegas is becoming a long-shot bet. The Major League Baseball postpones the first week of spring training games
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## MLB spring training was supposed to start this week. What’s going on with baseball’s lockout?

Baseball remained underground on the day when spring training drills for pitchers and catchers were scheduled to begin. Certainly, the crack of the bat and the snap of the catcher’s mitt could be heard somewhere in the crowd of people. That is, not in any of the 30 dazzling stadiums that welcome Major League Baseball’s clubs for their annual spring ritual and preparations for the regular season. The owners’ lockout of players entered its 77th day as both parties continued to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement after the last one expired on December 1.

## Is MLB spring training canceled?

To be honest, not entirely. And there has still been no official notice of a postponement; the padlocked gates and deafening quiet, it seemed, are sufficient evidence of the delay. However, instead of bullpen sessions and the ensuing bro hugs observed by a handful of baseball-hungry spectators, players are left to get their work done in private exercise facilities in Arizona and Florida, as well as wherever else they may normally train before reporting day. The holding pattern has not changed.

• 21 and were mostly postponed.
• It’s only a matter of time before it happens.
• Last week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated that if a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is finalized, it will take several days, albeit maybe less than a week, to open the doors to players at their respective facilities.
• You can clearly predict that no exhibition baseball will be played until March – if at all – since there will be no fresh negotiation sessions scheduled until probably the end of this week.
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## Why is the lockout taking so long?

That’s a good question. When MLB enforced the lockout, Commissioner Rob Manfred stated it would be a critical tool in reviving the collective bargaining process. For the following seven weeks, the parties did not meet in person to continue their negotiations. Moreover, they’ve only met five times in total, with the most recent meeting taking place on Saturday, after which the players were underwhelmed by the owners’ slight adjustments to earlier offers. The only real advancement is that players decided not to pursue free agency after five years of service time instead of six, which was one of a handful of nuclear choices they had.

The likelihood of a big divide between the sides has decreased as a result, with one expecting for a significant modification to the landscape, but the issues have continued to be nettlesome enough to keep them apart.

A \$214 million ceiling, increasing to \$222 million by 2026, is now being considered by owners, with teams not punished with a draft selection until they surpass \$234 million.

A suggested mechanism for generating a pool of elite young players who, as of now, are restricted to minimum-wage earnings for the first three years of their careers is much more expansive than that.

Owners are requesting \$15 million, while players are requesting \$100 million in compensation. Despite this, the river is navigable.

## Is the regular season in jeopardy?

• Yes, it is! While Manfred has repeatedly cited the calendar as a means of achieving a “breakthrough” between the two sides and greatly easing the path to an agreement, there are less than two weeks left before a projected Feb. 28 deadline to reach an agreement and get players in camp long enough to prepare them for the March 31 start of the regular season. In the unlikely event that regular-season games are canceled, which hasn’t happened since the tragic 1994-95 strike/lockout, both parties are well aware of the catastrophic consequences. If an agreement is struck in an unclear zone to get games started on time – say, between Feb. 28 and March 4 – you’d expect the league and players to pull all possible levers to guarantee that Opening Day is held on March 31, which they very certainly will. A significant increase in the number of players on the roster? Is there a limit to the pitch? Whatever it takes to guarantee that the bunting is hung from the top deck before April Fools’ Day is acceptable to me.

## Every team’s 2022 Spring Training schedule

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball released the complete schedule for Spring Training presented by Camping World in the United States. Play in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues will begin on Saturday, February 26, with all teams participating. The Angels will play their first Cactus League game on February 26, 2022, against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Fields of Phoenix. Tempe Diablo Stadium will host its first home game on February 27, 2022, against the Chicago White Sox. The complete Angels Spring Training schedule for 2022 may be found here.

1. Hohokam Stadium will host its first home game on February 27, 2022, against the Guardians.
2. THE BLUE JAYS The Twins will host the first Grapefruit League game on February 26, 2022, at CenturyLink Sports Complex.
3. The complete Blue Jays Spring Training schedule for 2022 may be found here.
4. Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium will host its first home game on February 27, 2022, against the Nationals (split squad).
5. METSFirst game in the Grapefruit League will be played on February 26, 2022, against the Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
6. The complete Mets Spring Training schedule for 2022 may be found here.
7. The first home game will be played on February 27, 2022, at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches against a split squad of the Marlins.

The Phillies will play their first Grapefruit League game on February 26, 2022, against the Yankees (split squad) at George M.

BayCare Ballpark will host its first home game on February 27, 2022, against a split team of the Twins.

The RAYS will play their first Grapefruit League game on February 26, 2022, against the Pirates at LECOM Park.

The complete Rays Spring Training schedule for 2022 may be seen here.

Goodyear Ballpark will host its first home game on February 27, 2022, against the Texas Rangers.

The Rockies will play their first Cactus League game on February 26, 2022, against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields in Talking Stick.

The complete Rockies Spring Training schedule for 2022 may be found here.

Surprise Stadium will host its first home game on February 27, 2022, against the Giants.

New York Yankees’ first home game in the Grapefruit League will be on February 26, 2022, when they will face a split squad against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M.

Steinbrenner Field and a split squad against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. The complete Yankees Spring Training schedule for 2022 may be found here.

## MLB lockout: Why spring training likely won’t start on time, and when Opening Day would be in serious jeopardy

MLB and the MLB Players Association are expected to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement within the next few weeks, bringing to an end what has already been the longest owners’ lockout in baseball history. I’m not sure when it will happen, but I’m confident that it will. Major League Baseball will continue to exist in its current form. The two parties will come to an agreement at some time in the future that is yet to be defined. I am well aware of this. The start of spring training, on the other hand, is in significant peril.

1. Free agency and trades aside, teams will require additional time to complete their offseason affairs (arbitration, visas for players from foreign countries, and so on) before camp can start.
2. Once a new collective bargaining agreement is negotiated, a two-week “offseason” and a three-week “spring training” should be considered the absolute bare minimum to begin the regular season.
3. Let’s take a look at some of the likely milestones for the CBA negotiations with that in mind.
4. This is the point at which a compromise must be found in order to satisfy certain admittedly arbitrary deadlines.

## Feb. 1: Full spring training

The Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association met on Tuesday (Feb. 1), and the discussions were “heated,” but the parties came away with nothing. It’s not the end of the world if the offseason continues into spring training if a new agreement had been reached on Feb. 1 to give teams about two weeks to finish their offseasons before pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Arbitration hearings are frequently held during camp, and we’ve seen free agents, including major names like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, sign their contracts as late as late February or early March.

That is really significant.

## Feb. 7: Full exhibition schedule

Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 26, both the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League will begin their respective seasons. That’s around 10 days after the pitchers and catchers go to the field. Given that players will need to participate in at least one team workout before participating in games (ideally more, but at least one), and that the league will require a few days for COVID-19 intake testing, the earliest possible date for an agreement that does not sacrifice spring training games is February 7, 2019.

By delaying the start of spring training, the owners will lose money (although the players will not be paid their salary during spring training, so they will not be affected as severely on the financial front).

## March 1: Opening Day

The first day of classes will be held on Thursday, March 31. In the event that an agreement is reached by March 1, there would be just enough time for a two-week offseason and a three-week spring training session, allowing the regular season to begin on time. However, MLB and the MLBPA would be working on a tight deadline, so narrow that even a minor setback (such as delayed visas or a wave of positives during intake testing) might undermine the entire strategy, although it appears to be achievable.

In the event that an agreement is not reached by March 1, there is almost no chance that the MLB and the MLBPA will be able to avoid interrupting the regular season, when wages are at stake (salary for players and money-making regular season games for teams).

## March 15: Delayed Opening Day

The lockout of 1990 established a precedent for a postponed Opening Day. It lasted 32 days, delayed spring training to nearly two weeks, and moved Opening Day back one week as a result of the labor dispute. In order to accommodate a complete 162-game season, three more days were added to the conclusion of the schedule. So, certainly, moving Opening Day back has occurred in the past and may occur in the future. The signing of a deal on March 15 would be followed by two weeks of offseason and three weeks of spring training, which would put Opening Day back to around April 15.

A combination of doubleheaders and adding an additional week at the conclusion of the season might be used to make up for those games.

Travel plans have already been made, and non-baseball events at Major League Baseball stadiums have been scheduled.

The following is their schedule for the first few weeks of the season:

• At the Marlins from March 31 to April 3, at the Mets from April 4-5, at the Reds from April 7-10, at Nationals from April 11-13, at Padres from April 14-17.

Opening Day might be pushed back two weeks, which would result in postponements of games against the Marlins, Mets, Reds and Nationals. The Braves would start the season with the Padres, as well as the Marlins and Mets games against one other. It would be impossible to move everything back two weeks without causing a logistical headache, thus MLB would require that every team resume their present schedule when the season begins. Another possibility is that MLB and the MLB Players Association may agree to delay Opening Day and merely reduce the season rather than play a full 162-game schedule.

Historically, there has been precedence for a 154-game season (the pre-1961 standard) as well as a 144-game season (1995 following the strike), thus both might serve as the benchmarks if the two sides agree to a somewhat shorter season.

## May 1: 100-game season

We all enjoy round numbers, and a 100-game regular season would be a logical goal if the lockout were to last until the end of April. In addition to the fact that there is no precedence for a 100-game season (teams played 103-111 games around the 1981 strike and 112-117 games before the 1994 strike), there is also no precedent for a 60-game season, as was the case last season. On rare occasions, history is written. Each club is slated to play its 62nd game on or around June 6, which would put the deadline for a new CBA at or around May 1 (or thereabouts).

June 6 also happens to be a Monday, which is handy because it is the first day of a new series in baseball.

## June 15: All-Star break

It will be the latest All-Star Game since the strike-interrupted 1981 season reopened with the Midsummer Classic on August 9, and each club will play 97-100 games before the All-Star break, which will be held on July 19 this year. As a result, the All-Star break provides as an excellent jumping off point for another season of around 60 games. As part of its drive to re-engage fans, the Major League Baseball (MLB) might possibly kick off the season with the All-Star Game. Perhaps this would be a good idea.

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The two-week offseason and three-week spring training we anticipate will be sufficient for our purposes.

An All-Star start might take place as early as June 15th, if not before.

## Aug. 1: Worst-case scenario

MLB and the MLBPA will most likely reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement by this date, and baseball will resume this season, or they will fail to do so, and there will be no baseball in 2021. If you reach an agreement on Aug. 1, you’ll have enough time to play in what, at most, 45 games? Maybe a season with 30 games? If this is the case, it may be more cost effective to forego the regular season completely and instead create a big 30-team round robin tournament. The worst-case scenario for baseball is a lockout that lasts until the end of August.

No one, not the owners, nor the players, and certainly not the fans, are in favor of it.

## Feb. 1, 2023: Full spring training

In the rare event that the 2022 season is missed, we’ll start over from the beginning of the next offseason, and Feb.

1 will once again be the deadline by which MLB and the MLBPA must have a CBA in place in order to have a normal spring training season. If you miss out on the season, the clock on everything effectively resets, and we’re looking at the same dates all over again, this time for 2023 rather than 2022.

## MLB postpones spring training games until March 5 with more lockout talks scheduled for Monday

Photographs courtesy of Getty Images As a result of the current labor dispute in Major League Baseball, the league has formally declared that the start of spring training will not take place until at least March 5th. The following is the official statement from the MLB: It is with great sorrow that we must postpone the commencement of Spring Training games until no sooner than Saturday, March 5th, due to the lack of a collective bargaining agreement in effect. All 30 Clubs are united in their great desire to return players back to the field and supporters back to the stands after a long period of absence.

• The policy is effective immediately.
• Members of the owners’ negotiating committee will attend an in-person meeting with the Players Association on Monday, and they will continue to meet every day next week to negotiate and work tirelessly to ensure that the season begins on schedule.
• It is an owner-mandated lockout that they may opt to remove in order to engage in game-playing while negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.
• This is incorrect.
• Despite the league’s choices, players have stated that they would continue to participate in the bargaining process.
• The game was originally scheduled to begin on February 26, however it will not begin until no later than March 5.
• On the plus side, there is still time to reach a deal and ensure that the regular season continues.
• It’s normal to expect teams to begin training 4-5 days before the start of game action on March 5, and then to prepare for the final game on March 31.
• Until now, the two sides have been meeting every few days or even every few weeks, sometimes for several weeks.
• They then want to meet every single day for the rest of the week.

Despite the fact that the newest announcement from Major League Baseball is not encouraging to baseball fans, there is still optimism that the regular season will begin on schedule.

## MLB announces spring training will be postponed with games no earlier than March 5

Major League Baseball said on Thursday that the start of spring training games will be delayed by at least one week, if not more. According to the Major League Baseball statement, “we regret that, due to the lack of a collective bargaining agreement in place, we must postpone the commencement of Spring Training games until no sooner than Saturday, March 5th.” This decision has been anticipated for some time, given the glacial pace of discussions on a new collective bargaining agreement that have occurred since the league enforced a lockout in early December.

Initial plans were for the first spring training games to take place on Saturday, February 26.

The league also stated that it will meet with the players in person on Monday and that it will “remain every day next week to negotiate and work hard to ensure that the season begins on schedule.” In a statement, the Major League Baseball Players Association reacted angrily to the league’s justification.

This is incorrect.

Despite these choices by the league, the players have maintained their commitment to the bargaining table.” With teams estimating that they would require at least four weeks of spring training to prepare for the regular season, discussions will be vital if the league expects to begin play on schedule.

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## Is it a positive sign that both sides will meet every day next week?

31st of January, 2022

• Jesse began working for ESPN Chicago in September 2009, and he currently covers Major League Baseball for ESPN.com.

The Major League Baseball lockout will soon approach its third month. When it all started on Dec. 2, MLB and the MLB Players Association had 119 days before the start of the new season to straighten things out and get things back on track. As the clock ticks down to Opening Day – which is now just 59 days away – the two parties have placed everything in peril by failing to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. Baseball is normally in full swing as the calendar year changes from January to February.

1. There are now efforts on to get visas for international participants, as well as establish lodging arrangements for the upcoming months.
2. However, this year, everything has been put on hold.
3. “It’s difficult to tell if I should push myself to be ready or take my time,” Cishek said of his preparations.
4. The players, on the other hand, must continue to prepare for the season despite the fact that the start date of spring training, and perhaps the date of Opening Day, is becoming increasingly unknown.
5. “However, there are more pressing matters to attend to right now.

## Feb. 15 (44 days from Opening Day): Pitchers and catchers report

When to be concerned: February 8 Players under contract should have ample time to report to camp as scheduled, according to one team executive, but a free-agent frenzy will erupt for the other unsigned players if the impasse is resolved within the next seven days, according to another official. Was everyone going to come on time? Most likely not, especially for individuals who are traveling from outside the nation. Camps may open, pitchers could begin throwing, and spring routines could begin as early as this week.

• According to one agent, “I’ve gone over rosters time and time again.” “I have two free agents, and I’m ready to go, but the discussion is at a standstill for the time being.
• I was successful in settling numerous arbitration disputes that would have been resolved sooner had I not been involved.
• It demonstrated to you that you could do a great deal in a short period of time.” It would be a chaotic stretch leading up to the start of spring training, with players arriving from overseas, signing and taking physicals, and simply finding spring housing all contributing to the chaos.
• Men are unsure if they should look for a rental property or whether it is feasible to include a condition in the renters agreement that protects them in the event that they do not make it in time for the spring semester, according to Cishek.

## Feb. 26 (33 days from Opening Day): Spring training games begin

When to be concerned: February 19 In interactions with other players, it has been established that players require a bare minimum of seven days to prepare for game activity before entering the game. If spring schedules are to be adhered to, camps will need to be up and running by approximately February 19. In order to keep pitchers and even position players safe, it is necessary to encourage them to provide a bit less than 100 percent effort in the first few spring games. In addition, having everything ready before camp begins would be excellent.

• They can’t, however, go into the game with only a few weeks’ notice to prepare and throw an inning.
• According to at least one front-office official, teams are preparing by bringing in minor leaguers who are not on the 40-man roster to major league camp.
• Many people have already visited the spring amenities.
• According to San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola, “the epidemic was a wonderful trial run for working out on your own and trying to be as innovative as possible.” “It is quite beneficial because it forces you to think outside the box.

One of the participants remarked that “the last time we used college athletes because no one else was available.” “I’m not sure what we’ll do next; perhaps we’ll recruit some high school boys. The live batting practice sessions, on the other hand, will undoubtedly take place.”

## March 31: Opening Day

When you should be concerned: March 3. According to many pitchers and their agents, the 23 days between the start of summer camp (July 1) and Opening Day (July 24) in 2020 will not be enough time to prepare for the pandemic season’s resumption the following year. According to league sources, four weeks of spring training will most likely be required in order to start the 2022 regular season on time and with less concern for injury than in previous years. That means that camps must be open by approximately March 3, 2019.

• And if a deal isn’t made by early March, once again, players will get \$5,000 payments from the union and will need to be ready to either play less than 162 games or a shortened schedule with adjusted roster limitations in order to fit all 162 in.
• “You found out what you were made of as far as preparation goes last year,” Nola said.
• “We want to play a whole season.
• I think the fans are as well.”

## MLB lockout updates: What first week of spring training games being canceled means for season

22nd of February, 2022

• Author of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports,” a book about the ESPN MLB insider.
• Jesse began working for ESPN Chicago in September 2009, and he currently covers Major League Baseball for ESPN.com.

More than two months after the Major League Baseball lockout began on December 2, it appears that no movement has been made toward a new collective bargaining agreement, with spring training games officially postponed until at least March 5, according to the latest available information. So, what exactly is going on between the owners and the players during the MLB’s work stoppage this season? Is there any sign that the two parties are getting closer to a deal? And, perhaps most crucially, when will it be necessary to begin planning for the start of the MLB regular season in 2022?

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## Feb. 22, 2022 update

After commencing in-person discussions in Jupiter, Florida, on Monday, sources tell ESPN that the Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association remain at odds. Because of a soft deadline of Feb. 28 to get the season started on time, the two parties will continue discussions at the spring training grounds of the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins throughout the week.

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## Feb. 18, 2022 update

All Major League Baseball spring training games have been officially postponed until at least Saturday, March 5. The news came a little more than a week before the first games of the Cactus League and Grapefruit League were slated to begin on April 1. MLB issued the following in a statement: “It is with great sorrow that we must postpone the commencement of Spring Training games until no sooner than Saturday, March 5th, due to the lack of a collective bargaining agreement in place. All 30 Clubs are united in their great desire to return players back to the field and supporters back to the stands after a long period of absence.

The policy is effective immediately.

Members of the owners’ negotiating committee will attend an in-person meeting with the Players Association on Monday, and they will continue to meet every day next week to negotiate and work tirelessly to ensure that the season begins on schedule.” However, while specific arrangements have not been finalized, sources tell ESPN that MLB and the MLB Players Association want to undertake many negotiation sessions – potentially one per day – beginning as early as Monday.

1. Several owners and players are expected to fly in for training sessions in the weeks running up to MLB’s declared February 28 deadline.
2. MLB has set a flexible deadline of March 3 for a settlement to be reached, but fans should be extremely worried if camps are not open by that date.
3. According to league insiders, four weeks of spring training would most likely be required in order to start the 2022 regular season on schedule and with less fear about injury than in previous years.
4. The union would provide \$5,000 payments to players if a settlement is not reached by early March.

Players will be required to either play less than 162 games or play a shortened schedule with adjusted roster limitations in order to accommodate all 162 games into the calendar. It’s very much a doomsday scenario, to be honest.

## Feb. 14, 2022 update

When was the last time the two teams met? Major Organization Baseball sent its newest proposal to the MLB Players Association on Saturday, marking the 71st day since the league locked out the players in a labor dispute. MLB made only minor adjustments to a number of aspects of the agreement, including: It increased the competitive balance tax threshold by \$2 million per year in 2024, 2025, and 2026; provided two options for a minimum-salary structure; increased the bonus pool for pre-arbitration players from \$10 million to \$15 million; and created an opportunity for teams to earn two draft picks by cultivating high-achieving players who spend the entire season on a team’s roster.

1. Do they intend to meet again in the near future?
2. The MLBPA is expected to reply to the league’s proposal as soon as possible – a counter-proposal may be made as early as the middle of this week, according to sources.
3. No.
4. Instead, players were virtually unanimous in their dissatisfaction.
5. This has enraged players, who believe that the financial incentives they are offering – expanded playoffs (12 teams, compared to the league’s request of 14 teams) and on-uniform marketing – should have compelled the league to make concessions earlier.
6. Isn’t the start of spring training scheduled for this week?
7. Pitchers and catchers were expected to report to their new organizations as early as Tuesday, according to some reports.
8. The postponing of spring training games, which were slated to begin on February 26th, is the next step.
9. Which concerns are the most likely to cause the owners to relinquish control?
10. MLB has made incremental progress on the minimum salary and has reached an agreement on the pre-arbitration bonus pool.

MLB’s decision to eliminate a draft-pick penalty for exceeding the first CBT threshold indicated that the organization is willing to make changes in that area, though the combination of small increases – MLB’s year-by-year first-threshold offers are \$214 million, \$214 million, \$216 million, \$218 million, and \$222 million – and the stiffer financial penalties for exceeding them are a significant source of disagreement.

1. MLB’s first-threshold offers are \$214 million, \$214 million Revenue sharing and pay arbitration for all players after two years are two issues on which the union has stayed committed, despite the fact that MLB considers them nonstarters.
2. What level of concern should supporters have at this point?
3. During the meeting on Saturday, MLB established a deadline of Feb.
4. While it is true that the timeline is flexible, it is impossible to conceive that the league would not be ready by March 31 if an agreement were reached on that date on the first of the month.

This is not the year 1994. (yet). The language and trajectory, however, are beginning to resemble the events of 1981, when a midseason player strike caused more than a month of the season to be lost, resulting in the cancellation of 713 games.

## Feb. 10, 2022 update

Baseball’s lockout is already in its third month, and commissioner Rob Manfred addressed publicly for the first time since the strike began on Thursday. During the MLB owners meetings, when questioned about a possible delay in spring training, Manfred stated, “The status of spring training remains unchanged at this time.” Camps are set to commence next week. When asked if he believes Opening Day would go place on March 31 as scheduled, he said affirmatively. When asked what he thought, the commissioner answered, “I’m optimistic.

## Jan. 25, 2022 update

During a labor conference with the MLB Players Association on Tuesday, Major League Baseball signaled for the first time that it is open to the idea of a pre-arbitration bonus pool, but the parties remain far apart on how much should be given, according to individuals familiar with the discussions. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association intended to meet again in the near future. On Tuesday, sources told ESPN that a negotiation session held on Monday resulted in the first sliver of movement between the two sides since the league locked out the players on December 2.

## Jan. 24, 2022

When was the last time the two teams met? The long-awaited first meeting since Major League Baseball locked out the players took place on January 13 via Zoom video conference call. A proposal from the league was presented after 43 days of inaction by the teams. It included a formula for compensating players with between two and three years of service, rewarding teams that bring up top prospects with additional draft picks, and making a minor adjustment to the draft lottery that had been proposed earlier.

• Do they intend to meet again in the near future?
• What topics are likely to be discussed during the next meeting?
• The players have pushed for a number of revisions to the previous collective bargaining agreement (CBA) since the commencement of discussions about a year ago.
• Is this a sign that improvement is on its way?
• While it is almost probable that this specific proposal from the union will not result in a contract, it may pave the way for a future agreement.
• If the league can determine from this proposal what the players’ top goals are, it may be able to move the discussions along more quickly.
• What level of concern should supporters have at this point?
• If Major League Baseball wants to open spring training in mid-February as scheduled, the two parties must reach an agreement by the end of the first week of February at the latest.
• Neither team seemed to be overjoyed about the fact that they are starting spring training late, which gives them extra time.

The true date to be concerned about – the point at which the regular season is jeopardized – is around March 1. If there isn’t a resolution reached, the risk of games being postponed or cancelled becomes a possibility. If there isn’t any development in the next two weeks, it’s time to get serious.

## Jan. 13, 2022

Is it true that the two sides met last week? No. The time elapsed without any substantive economic discussions between the two parties had reached 43 days when a meeting was ultimately convened this week. That equates to roughly a month and a half of time during which the parties may have been in communication. Another way of putting it is: The time span between the end of the December 2 lockout and today is longer than the time span between today and the mid-February deadlines for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training camp.

1. According to individuals familiar with the situation, Major League Baseball on Thursday released its first labor proposal since players went on strike, focused on a narrow set of problems that did little to inspire players and increased the chance of spring training being postponed.
2. Major League Baseball believed that the plan would elicit conversation with the players’ union after the sides’ unsuccessful discussions leading up to the lockout resulted in six weeks of inaction, but the players’ union expressed largely unhappiness with the proposal.
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4. The players are able to observe how the game’s levers encourage teams to lose.
5. When it comes down to it, the real question is whether or not questions of competitiveness will be taken into consideration by either side when it comes to the nitty-gritty of the negotiations.
6. According to many individuals familiar with the discussions, the competitive-balance-tax level might end up being the primary deciding factor in the outcome of the negotiations.
7. Is there a cutoff date by which spring training games must be completed as scheduled?

At the very least, there should be a two-week lead period – and it’s likely that there should be even more.

It will take a few days to put the logistics of domestic travel in order.

And that’s not even taking into consideration all of the unemployed free agents and the preparation work pitchers must do before they can report to spring training.

But keep in mind that, as much as teams would like to get in some spring training games, regular-season games are much, far, far more important than spring training games.

It is hoped that anybody who has purchased plane tickets and hotel accommodations in Arizona or Florida for the opening day of pitchers and catchers has purchased travel insurance.

However, if you have tickets to Opening Day in late March, you should not request a refund at this time. Even if the parties have squandered the previous six weeks of time, time is the most important ally in these discussions.

## Dec. 20, 2021

Have the two parties have a recent meeting? Yes. There was contact, but only on a few of the lesser or “noncore economic” matters, which did not necessarily involve the senior negotiators from both sides, but at least there was some exchange of information. Even though these non-essential issues – which could include scheduling, the All-Star Game, drug and domestic violence policies, grievance procedures, and special events – are important to discuss, the only discussions that will move us closer to a resolution of the shutdown will be about the major economic issues that prompted it in the first place.

Nothing is scheduled for the week of Christmas, although that may change if one or both sides had something to add, amend, or say about a proposal – but even in that case, the discussion would most likely continue on those noncore issues.

So yet, there has been very little.

Beginning in the new year, the most important economic concerns will be brought back to the table, and meaningful conversations should ensue.

In order to break the impasse, one or both parties will have to make a little concession on a significant subject.

The only thing that has changed is the economic structures that have been in place for years.

Players claim they are operating under outmoded regulations, however the league claims that these are fundamental faults in the way the game has been played for decades and have been long-agreed upon.

Why aren’t they willing to make a pact?

As a result, the players are desperate for victory this year.

Obviously, the labor union does not believe this is sufficient compensation.

We don’t know much about it yet, but we’ll know a lot more in a month.