NEW YORK (AP) -- For everyone who thinks spring training is too long, help is on the way -- a little, anyway.
Spring training will be shortened by two days starting in 2018, when new restrictions in Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement take effect on game times for regular-season getaway days.
The voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players will be 43 days before the major league opener instead of 45, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press. For other players, the date will be 38 days ahead instead of 40.
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The change was tied to spreading each team's 162 regular-season games over 187 days, up from 183.