Orioles Home Opener Now on April 11th

| March 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Major League Baseball (MLB) lockout has ended as MLB and the MLB Players Association reached a new collective bargaining agreement last week.

The Orioles will now kick off the regular season on Friday, April 8th as part of a three-game series in Florida versus the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles will then begin a six-game homestead against the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees.

The Orioles home opener is on Monday, April 11th at 305pm.

The Orioles were scheduled to host Opening Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on March 31st vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, but the first two series of the season were postponed as an agreement wasn’t reached by a March 1st deadline. Those two series have been rescheduled as MLB will play a full 162-game season.

MLB Players Association press release: 

The Major League Baseball Players Association today reached agreement with Major League Baseball on a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement.

Withstanding a 99-day lockout by owners, Players negotiated a new CBA that enhances competition on and off the field, ensures first-class medical and pension benefits for Players and their families, institutes unprecedented contractual enhancements that will apply throughout the Association’s membership, and provides fairer wages to Players at all points of their careers.

“Our union endured the second-longest work stoppage in its history to achieve significant progress in key areas that will improve not just current players’ rights and benefits, but those of generations to come,” Executive Director Tony Clark said. “Players remained engaged and unified from beginning to end, and in the process reenergized our fraternity.”

Among the key components of the 2022-2027 Basic Agreement:

  • Significant increases to minimum salaries

  • Institution of a new, $50M bonus pool that will reward the achievements of Players who have not yet reached salary arbitration eligibility

  • Significant increases to the payroll thresholds applicable under the Competitive Balance Tax

  • Amendments to the Rule 4 Draft Order designed to deter tanking

  • Draft pick incentives for Clubs who promote top prospects and avoid service time manipulation

  • Pension benefits will continue as the best allowed by law

  • Best-in-class medical benefits for Players and their families

  • Improved benefits for former Players

  • Expanded post-season (12-teams)

  • A limit on the number of times a Player can be optionally assigned to the minors in a single season

  • Increased spending pools in the Rule 4 draft

  • A voluntary scouting combine for amateur prospects

  • A new policy governing commercial arrangements with sports betting companies

  • Enhanced revenue streams through jersey and helmet sponsorship agreements

  • Service credit for Players who finish 1st or 2nd in the Rookie of the Year voting (without accruing a full year of Major League service)

Players are excited to get back on the field, join their teammates and compete in the game they love.

Playoff Baseball at Camden Yards by Kevin Lynch

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