The words we’ve all been waiting to hear for nearly 100 days since the lockout starter … Major League Baseball is back!
It’s been a cruel winter for Major League Baseball fans as the owners and players continued an ugly battle over a new MLB CBA. But your defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves can begin their title defense.
After getting our hopes up a couple of times over the past week or so, the two sides were finally able to come to an agreement.
There will be a lot more to come out of this deal that will surely be written about in other articles. All we really need to focus on right now is that baseball is back, and we’re getting a full 162-game season.
Players are able to report to Spring Training immediately with Spring Training games beginning on March 18 and Opening Day on April 7.
That means the Atlanta Braves will open the season at home — as the defending champs should — with a series against the Cincinnati Reds.
The games that were lost will be made up at the end of the season, which has been extended by three days and with double-headers. So the Braves will still get to play the four games against the Marlins and the two against the Mets that were originally canceled.
As of writing this, the owners still needed to ratify the agreement, but why wouldn’t they since it was their proposal.
Once that happens, the offseason will continue and there will be a frenzy of signings and trades.
Obviously, Braves fans will be on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens with Freddie Freeman.
But there are still other moves to made for the Braves this offseason, including finding another left-handed bat for the outfield and perhaps more pitching and bench depth.
We’ll write more about what’s next in terms of signings and trade, plus the specifics of the CBA agreement, in the coming days so make sure you are locked in to TomahawkTake.com for all your Braves coverage.