The 2022 Major League Baseball season is officially set to go ahead after suffering an initial delay.
The league and the Players’ Association have finally been able to strike a deal.
Previous failed attempts to do so saw the MLB lockout its players, cancelling the opening two weeks of the season.
League commissioner Rob Manfred said he is “genuinely thrilled” that they have been able to reach an agreement.
“I want to start by apologising to our fans, I know that the last few months have been difficult,” said Manfred. “There [was] a lot of uncertainty at a point in time when there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world.”
The deal will see an increase in minimum salaries for players and a raise in the league’s competitive balance tax.
“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,” said MLB Players’ Association director Tony Clark.
The season was due to go ahead on 31 March, but will now begin on April 7, a week earlier than the original postponement suggested.
Doubleheaders are set to be added to the schedule to ensure that teams are able to complete a full 162-game season as initially planned.