Expanded playoffs, the Ohtani rule and a new team name! Everything that is different about MLB in 2022

  • Covers MLB for ESPN.com
  • Former deputy editor of Page 2
  • Been with ESPN.com since 1995

Baseball is a sport stuck in the past, some say.

Baseball is a sport too reliant on technology, others say.

Not changing enough. Changing too much. We enter 2022 with a new collective bargaining agreement between the players and the owners — you may have heard about that little lockout that disrupted the offseason for 99 days. The new CBA means significant changes for 2022 — with even more on-field changes likely for 2023 — plus another season of innovations, crackdowns and new uniforms.

Let’s look at those changes and what they mean for 2022 — starting with the biggest one.

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