The 2022 Baseball Season is Here, and this is Where You Can Watch or Listen to the Games

Major League Baseball kicked off its Opening Day action last Thursday and had more games on Friday that included clutch performances and silly mascot antics.

Seth Beer of the Arizona Diamondbacks launched a game-winning, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday night, which helped lift his team over the San Diego Padres 4-2.  

Notably, that night San Diego starter Yu Darvish fired six no-hit innings before being pulled with a 2-0 lead after throwing 92 pitches.

The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals also went head-to-head on Thursday, with Mets first-baseman Pete Alonso taking a sudden hit to the face from a pitch by Nationals reliever Nate Thompson.

Though Alonso’s helmet went flying as he hit the ground, he stood up and headed to first before being pulled back toward the dugout by manager Buck Showalter. “All good, just a busted lip. That’s it. I’ve got all my teeth, no concussion, I’m all good,” Alonso said after the game. 

Other highlights from Thursday included Bobby Witt Jr. having his first Major League hit that was a double, giving the Kansas City Royals a one-run lead in the eighth, helping them to win the game against the Cleveland Guardians.

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox opened their 2022 regular seasons at Yankee Stadium the next night, continuing a historic rivalry that has lasted decades.

The Yankees took the victory on Friday with a 6-5 score, despite falling behind 3-0 in the first inning. New Yankees player, and former AL MVP Josh Donaldson, provided the walk-off single in the 11th inning.

“The team resiliency is going to lead to good things in the future,” Donaldson said after the game. “… To show some resiliency and fight back and hang in there — total team win, bullpen did a great job — hopefully it leads to great things in the future.”

The Detroit Tigers also started off their season on Friday with another win in walk-off fashion against the Chicago White Sox. The Philadelphia Phillies had their own victory against the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers outshined the Colorado Rockies.

For the first time in 27 years, it briefly looked like MLB was on the brink of losing its regular season games because of a lockout of its players amid negotiations of a new collective bargaining agreement that went on for months.

Fortunately, in the nick of time, the MLB and the MLB Players Association agreed in a new collective bargaining agreement that paved the way to end a 99-day lockout and salvage a 162-game season.

The games originally scheduled for March 31 through April 6 will be made up with three games at the end of the previously scheduled regular season and as part of nine-inning doubleheaders.

Part of the new collective bargaining agreement announced on March 10th, includes not only an increase in the minimum player salary to $700,000 from $570,500, but the league’s postseason will also expand from 10 to 12 teams.

“I apologize to our fans,” said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred at the time. “I know that the last few months have been difficult. There was a lot of uncertainty at a point in time when there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world. Sort of the way the process of collective bargaining works sometimes.”

There are many options for baseball fans this year to tune into what may be a very exciting season. Access to the MLB Network live stream is available in the United States via MLB.TV, MLB app and MLBNetwork.com.

Fans can also watch games on Amazon Prime. The service, which allows subscribers to watch every game from every team throughout the season, is $24.99 a month for the All-Team Pass or $119.99 a year for the Single Team Pass for existing Prime Video users.

This year there will be 162 dates of consistency for the Mets, on WCBS-AM, and the Yankees on WFAN AM/FM radio. On any given night or day, Yankees or Mets games could also air on YES, SNY, Fox (Ch.5), WPIX-TV (Ch. 11), FS1, ESPN, TBS, MLBN, Amazon, AppleTV+, Peacock, YES app, SNY app. 

Radio has long been one of the most used mediums for baseball games. Fans can listen to games on ESPN or TuneIn Premium, which has become the destination for all things baseball. With a Premium plan, listeners get access to live play-by-play of every single game, with no blackouts. 

Along with play-by-play coverage, the Sirius XM subscription radio service also offers baseball fans 24-hour coverage of baseball on its MLB Network Radio, the premium radio channel dedicated to covering Major League Baseball seven days a week.

With the new agreement, baseball might see something closer to a normal season for the first time since 2019, as both the 2020 and 2021 season had been affected by the pandemic.

Sources:

https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-amazon-apple-peacock-mlb-radio-20220409-tlj23cfb3bg37fyp3bxxxm7gwi-story.html

https://www.npr.org/2022/03/10/1085828807/mlb-agreement

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2022/04/07/mlb-opening-day-live-scores-updates-highlights-around-baseball/9493614002/

https://www.mlb.com/news/best-moments-2022-mlb-opening-day

https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-2022-season-faq