The MLB lockout is over after the league and Players Association agreed to a new labor deal Thursday. With that, it's finally time to play ball.
April 7 is now MLB's new tentative Opening Day. Looking a bit further down the road, the playoffs will expand to 12 teams.
The Athletic's Jayson Stark explained the new format, which eliminates the winner-take-all Wild Card Game.
According to the New York Post's Andrew Marchand, ESPN will televise the new opening round. After receiving the extra postseason games they desired, the network has picked its two playoff broadcast teams.
In January, Marchand reported that ESPN tabbed Karl Ravech, David Cone, and Eduardo Perez for its new Sunday Night Baseball crew. Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez, meanwhile, are teaming up to present an alternative broadcast akin to Monday Night Football's "Manningcast."
Marchand also speculated that Boog Sciambi, Jason Benetti, and Jessica Mendoza could be in play for another team.
Ravech has covered baseball at the Worldwide Leader for nearly three decades, but the long-time Baseball Tonight host moves to a leading play-by-play assignment. Perez has worked alongside Ravech on Baseball Tonight while gracing the commentary booth of ESPN's alternative data-driven Statcast broadcasts.
Cone joins ESPN's crew from the YES Network, where he analyzed New York Yankees games alongside Kay. According to Marchand, Kay -- who also hosts a radio show for ESPN's New York affiliate -- will continue to call Yankees games.
Rodriguez gives the booth yet another Yankees connection. Although the three-time MVP is no longer on the Sunday Night Baseball team after three seasons, he'll get a chance to follow the Manning brothers' popular NFL blueprint during the season.
There's plenty of time how these two broadcasting teams fare during the regular time. For now, let's just be excited that they'll have baseball games to call.