I hate how obvious and easy and potentially true the joke is: the Triple-A season might now be longer than the Major League Baseball season.
Because the Triple-A season is getting a bump to 150 games, a level many pundits don’t think MLB will actually reach this year thanks to the lockout:
Triple-A baseball is going to play 150 games in 2022. pic.twitter.com/GZzVNDctao
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) February 3, 2022
The Triple-A season will open on April 5 for the Iowa Cubs, and now will run clear through the end of September, pretty much the full length of a normal MLB season. I’d imagine the affected minor league teams are happy to have a more robust slate after no season at all in 2020, and then reduced attendance for much of the 2021 season.
As a fan of minor league baseball, this is certainly welcome news to me! And with the changes to the September call-up rules (maximum of three additional players to the big leagues in September), it’s less weird to play ball at Triple-A in September.
At present, the Double-A (Tennessee Smokies) schedule is expected to be 138 games, from April 8 until September 18.
The High-A (South Bend Cubs) and Low-A (Myrtle Beach Pelicans) schedules are expected to be 132 games, from April 8 until September 11.