At some points, it felt like the MLB season would be in jeopardy because of the baseball lockout. After months of negotiations, missed deadlines and threats to cancel games, baseball is back and fans are going to get everything they wanted in 2022.
Our 2022 MLB coverage will provide analysis on the latest trades and moves, preview the postseason, deliver bold predictions and deliver the latest news baseball fans want throughout the year.
With that in mind, let’s answer some of the most important questions for the upcoming season.
When does MLB season start?
MLB Opening Day starts on Thursday, April 7. The first game of the MLB season will be a matchup between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, played at Yankee Stadium with first pitch at 1:05 p.m. EST.
By April 8, all 30 MLB teams will have played their first game of the 2022 MLB season.
Related: 2022 Boston Red Sox schedule
When does MLB season end?
The last game of the 2022 MLB regular season will be played on Sunday, Oct. 2. With the expansion of the playoffs, MLB eliminated the tie-breaking 163rd game that teams typically played on Monday. The postseason will begin on Oct. 4, with the entire season concluding after the final out of the World Series.
How many games in MLB season?
There are 162 games in an MLB season. The sport played its first season with 100-plus games in 1884 (112) and increased to a 154-game schedule by 1892. In 1969, MLB officially adopted the 162-game schedule. In 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, teams only played 60 games.
How many MLB teams are there?
There are 30 MLB teams. The National League is home to the oldest teams, including the Atlanta Braves (formerly Boston Red Stockings), Chicago Cubs (previously Chicago White Stockings), Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.
The New York Yankees were founded in 1901, along with the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Guardians, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics. In 1998, the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks were formed, becoming the most recently expanded MLB teams.
When does MLB The Show come out?
MLB The Show 2022 was released on April 5. It is available on the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and the Nintendo Switch. Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani is the cover athlete for MLB The Show 2022.
When is the MLB trade deadline?
The MLB trade deadline is on Tuesday, August 2 at 6 PM EST. MLB had the ability to be flexible with the MLB trade deadline, choosing any date from July 28 – Aug. 3 thanks to the new CBA. Setting the deadline at 6 PM EST is a change from recent history, with the deadline often at 4 PM EST.
How much do MLB umpires make?
According to Briefly, an MLB umpire salary ranges from $110,000 to $432,800 per season. Represented by the Major League Umpires Association, They also receive multiple benefits as part of their contracts, per Indeed.
- Fly first class
- $340 per diem for hotels, food costs
- Postseason bonuses
- Four weeks paid vacation during season
When is the MLB Draft?
The 2022 MLB Draft will begin on Sunday, July 17 and it extends through Tuesday, July 19. The 2022 MLB Draft order is already determined based on the final standings from the 2021 season.
Related: 2022 MLB rotation rankings
2022 MLB Draft order
- Baltimore Orioles
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Texas Rangers
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Washington Nationals
- Miami Marlins
- Chicago Cubs
- Minnesota Twins
- Kansas City Royals
- Colorado Rockies
- New York Mets*
- Detroit Tigers
- Los Angeles Angels
- New York Mets
- San Diego Padres
- Cleveland Guardians
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Cincinnati Reds
- Oakland Athletics
- Atlanta Braves
- Seattle Mariners
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Boston Red Sox
- New York Yankees
- Chicago White Sox
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Houston Astros
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- San Francisco Giants
- * New York Mets receive compensatory pick after 2021 first-round pick Kumar Rocker didn’t sign with team.
How many rounds in MLB draft?
Under the new CBA, the MLB Draft will be for 20 rounds through the next five seasons. It used to be 40 rounds, but MLB cut it down drastically due to cost and the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to watch MLB?
MLB.TV offers fans a yearly streaming package to watch every out-of-market game. All TV information for each game on the 2022 schedule can be found at MLB games today.
Most hits in MLB history
Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose holds the record for most hits in MLB history with 4,256. He and Ty Cobb are the only two players ever to record 4,000-plus hits in the majors. If you combine the totals from Japan and his MLB career (3,089), Ichiro Suzuki has 4,367 career hits.
Related: Best batting average of all time
How many perfect games in MLB history
There have been 23 perfect games in MLB history. Hall of Famer Cy Young threw the first perfect game on May 5, 1904 against the Philadelphia Athletics. The last perfect game in MLB happened on Aug. 15, 2012 when Félix Hernandez retired 27 consecutive batters against the Tampa Bay Rays.
When is the MLB All-Star game?
The 2022 MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 19 at Dodger Stadium. The 2022 Home Run Derby will take place on July 18.
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When does spring training start?
In a normal MLB season, spring training typically begins in the middle of February. It was originally scheduled for February 16th, but the lockout postponed action until a new collective-bargaining agreement was reached. With the CBA now ratified, players are reporting for spring training.
- Spring Training report date: March 14
- Spring Training games: March 17 – April 4
Will there be fans at spring training?
All 30 MLB teams allow access to major-league spring training games, with facilities located in Arizona and Florida. While attending spring-training games is cheaper than tickets for MLB games, seating is much more limited.
Baseball America created a fan’s guide for minor-league spring training access.
When do pitchers and catchers report to spring training?
Pitchers and catchers are the first to report for spring training every year, typically arriving in the early days of February. The additional time is used for pitchers to start stretching out their arms and working with catchers helps them start working on their command before facing live batters.