Baseball Is Back! MLB Owners and Players’ Union Reach Deal to End 99-day Lockout – with Spring Training Beginning Tomorrow and Opening Day for Full 162-game Season Set to Start April 7

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred can smile again after tentative deal was struck between players and owners, ending 99-day lockout. The deal will allow for a full 162-game season, with opening day set for April 7

Major League Baseball players have voted to accept the owners’ latest offer for a new labor deal, paving the way to end the 99-day lockout and salvage a 162-game regular season.

The union’s executive board approved the agreement in a 26-12 vote, pending ratification by all players, a person familiar with the balloting said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement was authorized.

MLB sent the players an offer Thursday and gave them until 3 p.m. to accept in order to play a full season. The union announced the player vote around 3:25 p.m. Owners planned to hold a ratification vote later today at 6 p.m.

Opening day is now expected to be April 7 and players could report to Spring Training as early as Friday, ESPN reported.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Alastair Talbot | Associated Press