The start of the 2022 MLB season has been delayed by a lockout of players, which commenced on December 2, 2021, following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the league and the Major League Baseball Players Association.
On March 10, 2022, MLB and the MLBPA reached a deal on a five-year CBA, with Opening Day scheduled for April 7 (delayed from its originally-planned March 31st), and a full 162-game schedule. Under the new CBA, there will be a universal designated hitter, and the postseason will also be expanded to 12 teams.
As result of the postseason expansion, regular season extending tie-breaker games will be abolished. In November 2021, the Cleveland Indians announced their new team name, the Cleveland Guardians. The 2022 MLB All-Star Game is scheduled to be hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The new MLB 2022 season will begin on April 7, 2022. The players and owners association have reached an agreement on their internal divisions, and now, with the politicisms behind it, there is finally the baseball field, without skipping games.
All 162 matches of the regular season will then be played. The new 5-year collective bargaining agreement with 26 votes in favor and 12 against by the players union, unanimously approved by the owners instead, presents some innovations.
The introduction of the designated hitter also in the National League, the enlargement of the playoffs to 12 teams, the possibility of having sponsorship marks on the jerseys. Then the increase of the minimum wages to $ 700,000 for 2022 (+ 23% compared to 2021), to reach 780.00 in 2026, and the growth of the luxury tax, to be paid if the pre-established threshold of the wage bill is exceeded, in a league where there is no salary cap, to 230 million for the next season (+ 10%), with gradual growth that will bring it to 244 million in 2026.
No pitch clock on the other hand for pitchers, a rule that would have limited the time available to pitchers between pitches, in order to speed up matches. We will talk about it again in 2023, as well as for the abolition of the shift, or the positioning of an infantryman on the outfield according to the serving tendencies of those who are at the plate.
The previous season
Atlanta Braves wins the 2021 World Series thanks to a 4-2 overall victory against Houston Astros, dominated in Game-6 by 7-0! Mid-season Atlanta had been overwhelmed by injuries and far from the playoffs, but has recovered in the last two months, hitting a historic result.
Jorge Soler great protagonist in the third inning with an incredible home run, practically with the MVP title of him. Third home run of this World Series for Soler, with two men on base. In the fifth round there are two more terrible shots from Swanson and Freeman, and 6-0.
Freddie Freeman instead protagonist of a home run in the seventh inning and the game becomes 7-0. Houston gives up. In the year of the death of Hank Aaron, the strongest player of the Braves ever, it was the Atlanta team that triumphed.
Atlanta returns to winning the World Series after 26 years, with a Snitker coach who spent 45 years in the organization and with some key players who arrived only in July on the last day of transfer. Prior to the game, Johan Camargo replaced Ehire Adrianza on the Braves' roster as Adrianza was placed on the paternity list.
Luis García started for Houston and Max Fried started for Atlanta. The Braves took a 3–0 lead in the top of the third inning on a single and walk followed by a two-out home run by Jorge Soler. Garcia exited after Soler's home run, having pitched 2+2⁄3 innings while striking out three batters.
In the top of the fifth, a two-run home run by Dansby Swanson followed by a walk then a two-out double by Freddie Freeman extended Atlanta's lead to 6–0. In the top of the seventh, Freeman hit a solo home run with two outs to make it 7–0.
Tyler Matzek entered in relief in the bottom of the seventh; Fried allowed no runs on four hits while striking out six batters and walking none in six innings. Atlanta closer Will Smith was brought in to pitch the bottom of the ninth.
He allowed a leadoff single to Michael Brantley but otherwise retired the side, giving the Braves the series win. Jorge Soler won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.