Play ball! MLB players reach deal, salvage 162-game season

Atlanta Braves minor leaguers are shown at spring training baseball camp in North Port, Fla., Wednesday. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

FILE - San Diego Padres left fielder Allen Cordoba passes a logo for Play Ball, an initiative from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on June 3, 2017, in San Diego. Players voted Thursday, March 10, 2022, to accept MLB's offer on new labor deal, paving way to end 99-day lockout and salvage 162-game season. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred holds a news conference after baseball players and owners voted to approve a new labor agreement, Thursday March 10, 2022, in New York. “I am genuinely thrilled to say Major League Baseball is back and we're going to play 162 games,” Manfred said. “I want to start by apologizing to our fans. I know the last few months have been difficult.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s players and owners ended their most bitter money fight in a quarter-century Thursday when the players’ association accepted management’s offer to salvage a 162-game season that will start April 7.