MLB is making history by packing games this season

MLB is making history by packing games this season

The 2022 MLB season started a week later than previously scheduled due to the lockout and CBA negotiations. For each MLB team to play 162 games, the league had to pack games like never before. These are the consequences of those lost trading days in December and January, and of MLB’s stubbornness during the talks. But here we are, with each club trying to play 162 games and willing to take advantage of doubleheaders: rest days are now a luxury. There are 18 games scheduled for Tuesday: that means there are three doubleheaders.

“There are 18 games on today’s schedule. 18 were played on May 8. IF they are all played today, this will be the first season with 18+ days of games (excluding 2020 and 7-inning DH) since 2004. Last time there were 2 such days in a calendar MONTH: July 1977 (10 & 24 ),” Sarah Langs tweeted.

There are 18 games on today’s schedule. 18 were played on May 8

IF they are all played today, this will be the first multi-day season of 18+ games (excluding 2020 and 7-inning DH) since 2004

The last time there were 2 such days in a calendar MONTH: July 1977 (10 and 24)

– Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) May 17, 2022

Lost time in the off-season and the weather have been unforgiving

In addition to the time lost during the CBA negotiations, the weather has been unforgiving, as usual. Many games had to be canceled this season due to rain or inclement weather, further complicating make-up dates. Players, however, prefer this to having a shorter schedule, because it would have meant reduced pay. Regardless, many gamers say that they prefer to play almost every day to keep up. But there is no doubt that the 2022 calendar has been tough on the players’ bodies and minds. Playing baseball for a living isn’t as easy as it sounds: It involves spending a whole day in the ballpark, having batting practice rounds, stretching, and other exercises.

2022 will likely go down in history as one of the tightest schedules in league history.

Melissa Galbraith
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