Everything you need to know


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From MLB games today to the latest rumors and MLB power rankings, Sportsnaut’s coverage of Major League Baseball has everything you need to know about the 2022 MLB season.

At some points, it felt like the MLB season was in jeopardy because of the baseball lockout. After months of negotiations, missed deadlines and threats to cancel games, baseball is back and fans will get everything they wanted in 2022.

Our 2022 MLB coverage features analysis on the latest trades and moves, postseason previews, bold predictions, and delivers the latest news baseball fans want all year long.

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With that in mind, let’s answer some of the key questions for the upcoming season.

When does the MLB season start?

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MLB Opening Day begins Thursday, April 7th. The first game of the MLB season will be a face-off between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, played at Yankee Stadium with the 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.

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When does the MLB season end?

The final game of the 2022 MLB regular season will be played on Sunday, October 2nd. With the playoffs expanding, MLB eliminated the crucial 163rd game that teams usually played on Mondays. The postseason begins October 4, with the full season ending after the World Series Finals.

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How many games in the MLB season?

There are 162 games in an MLB season. The sport played its first 100+ game season in 1884 (112) and increased to a 154 game schedule by 1892. In 1969, MLB officially adopted the 162-game schedule. In 2020, teams only played 60 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How many MLB teams are there?

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There are 30 MLB teams. The National League is home to the oldest teams, including the Atlanta Braves (formerly the Boston Red Stockings), Chicago Cubs (formerly the Chicago White Stockings), Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Francisco Giants.

The New York Yankees were formed 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 and became the most recently expanded MLB teams.

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When is MLB The Show coming out?

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MLB The Show 2022 will be released on April 5th. It will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch. Two-time Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani is the cover athlete for MLB The Show 2022.

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When is the MLB trade deadline?

The MLB trade deadline is Tuesday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m. EST. MLB has been able to be flexible with the MLB trade deadline and choose any date from July 28 to August 3 thanks to the new CBA. Setting the deadline at 6:00 p.m. EST is a change from recent history, with the deadline often being at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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How much do MLB umpires make?

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According to the Briefly, an MLB umpire’s salary ranges from $110,000 to $432,800 per season. They are represented by the Major League Umpires Association and also receive several benefits as part of their contracts, according to Indeed.

  • Fly first class
  • $340 per day for hotels, meals
  • Post-season bonuses
  • Four weeks paid holiday during the season
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When is the MLB draft?

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The 2022 MLB draft begins Sunday, July 17th and will last through Tuesday, July 19th. The 2022 MLB draft order has already been determined based on the final standings for the 2021 season.

2022 MLB draft order

  1. Baltimore Orioles
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks
  3. Texas Rangers
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates
  5. Washington Nationals
  6. Miami Marlin
  7. Chicago Cubs
  8. Minnesota twins
  9. Kansas City Royals
  10. Colorado Rockies
  11. New York Mets*
  12. Detroit Tigers
  13. Angels from Los Angeles
  14. New York Mets
  15. San Diego Padres
  16. Cleveland Guardian
  17. Philadelphia Phillies
  18. Cincinnati Red
  19. Oakland Athletics
  20. Atlanta Braves
  21. Seafarers from Seattle
  22. St. Louis Cardinals
  23. Toronto Blue Jays
  24. Boston Red Sox
  25. New York Yankees
  26. Chicago White Sox
  27. Milwaukee Brewers
  28. Houston Astros
  29. Tampa Bay Rays
  30. Los Angeles Dodgers
  31. San Francisco Giants
  • * New York Mets receive an equalizing pick after Kumar Rocker, who was selected in the 2021 first round, failed to sign with the team.
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How many rounds in the MLB draft?

Under the new CBA, the MLB draft will be 20-round over the next five seasons. It used to be 40 rounds, but MLB slashed it drastically due to costs and the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do you see MLB?

MLB.TV offers fans an annual streaming package to watch every out-of-print game. For all TV information on every game in the 2022 schedule, visit 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 to ever have more than 4,000 hits in the majors. If you combine the totals from Japan and his MLB career (3,089), Ichiro Suzuki has 4,367 career hits.

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Like 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 came on August 15, 2012, when Félix Hernandez retired 27 straight batters against the Tampa Bay Rays.

When is the MLB All-Star game?

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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 18th.

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When does spring training start?

MLB: Spring Training - Chicago Cubs - Workouts
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In a normal MLB season, spring training typically begins in mid-February. It was originally scheduled for February 16, but the lockout delayed action until a new collective bargaining agreement was reached. With the CBA now ratified, players are reporting for spring training.

  • Spring Training Report Date: the 14th of March
  • Spring Training Games: March 17 – April 4
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Will there be fans at spring training?

All 30 MLB teams provide access to major league spring training games with facilities in Arizona and Florida. While attending spring training games is cheaper than tickets to MLB games, seating is much more limited.

Baseball America has created a fan guide for accessing minor league spring training.

When do pitchers and catchers report for spring training?

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Pitchers and catchers are the first to report for spring training each year, which usually arrives in the early days of February. The extra time is used for pitchers to stretch out their arms, and working with catchers helps them work on their command before facing live batters.

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