Major League Baseball and the players union reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday, setting the stage for Opening Day to be held on April 7.
Update 6:33 p.m. EST March 10: The 30 MLB owners unanimously ratified the agreement later Thursday, according to The Associated Press. That came several hours after the MLB Players Association’s eight members of the executive subcommittee and 30 player representatives approved the agreement by a 26-12 vote, the AP reported.
Original report: The decision came about 24 hours after Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Opening Day would be postponed until at least April 14. Under Thursday’s tentative agreement, a full 162-game season will be played. The end of the second-longest work stoppage in MLB history, spring training camps will open Sunday in Florida and Arizona, ESPN reported.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report that the two sides had broken the 99-day impasse and had reached an agreement.
MLB officials had told the players that if they had reached an agreement by 3 p.m. Thursday, and ratified the same day, players and staff could report to spring training facilities on Friday, The Associated Press reported, citing an anonymous source.
The MLB Players Association’s eight members of the executive subcommittee and 30 player representatives approved the agreement by a 26-12 vote, the AP reported.
It still has to be ratified by the players, MLB.com reported. But spring training can start once that is done.
On Wednesday, Manfred canceled an additional 93 games, for a total of 184 canceled games.
Canceled games may be made up with scheduled nine-inning doubleheaders, The Wall Street Journal reported.