March 10, 2022
1. BASEBALL IS BACK
A momentous, wonderful day for the game we all love.
Ringing in the dawn of a new season with the two greatest words in sports:
2. The details and play-by-play of this afternoon’s agreement
Full season, 162 games. Spring training games starting on the 18th of this month. Opening Day on April 7th.
Baseball is most definitely back.
And some of the specific details and numbers, as the league imposed another “deadline” today of 3:00 ET, and at last an agreement was made.
3. Here were the final votes from the union and league
Not that it matters, but it wasn’t quite unanimous on either side — but thankfully baseball won out in the end:
4. Now for the bad news: Advertisements on uniforms
This is irritating to such a degree that it genuinely might make me stop watching baseball and shut the entire newsletter and Twitter accounts down sometime going forward (not kidding).
This is awful. Awful. Awful. Awful. Awful.
5. The universal designated hitter is now official
And so this moment, in last year’s World Series, will likely be the last time we see a pitcher get a base hit (outside of Shohei Ohtani and the occasional extra innings pinch-hit scenario).
6. MLB free agency restarts tonight
With some major names still unsigned.
7. Clayton Kershaw was “working” at Cane’s fast food yesterday
Now the lockout puts an end to the side gig.
8. Commissioner Manfred will hold a press conference tonight
9. The highlight of the day, from the college season
10. And lastly, once again — baseball is back
Let us rejoice.