'I could cry': Cardinals players react to news that baseball is back

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Although manager Mike Shildt and some St. Louis Cardinals players were already in St. Louis and participating in small team practices at Busch Stadium – they're all coming back soon. That's because Major League Baseball Players' Association and league owners agreed to a deal on health and safety protocols Tuesday night, ensuring there will be a 60-game MLB regular season.

When the news broke, there was a lot of joy among Cardinals players. Here's what they said:

Jack Flaherty:

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— Jack Flaherty (@Jack9Flaherty) June 24, 2020

https://t.co/D3vjR0QEry pic.twitter.com/lO1cLv2u05

— Jack Flaherty (@Jack9Flaherty) June 24, 2020

Adam Wainwright:

BASEBALL!!!! This makes me happy. Hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and ready for some @Cardinals victories!

— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) June 24, 2020

Matt Carpenter: 

Baseball is back! I could cry...#2020

— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) June 24, 2020

Dexter Fowler:

Alright y’all. I woke up this morning like I just got drafted last night. My stomach is in knots and I’m READY!!!!!!!!! It’s like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this --

— Dexter Fowler (@DexterFowler) June 24, 2020

Harrison Bader:

BASEBALL BACK BASEBALL BACK *rick ross voice* https://t.co/DagsxhjwIW

— Harrison Bader (@aybaybader) June 24, 2020

Kolten Wong: 

Time to work

A post shared by Kolten Wong (@thewongone808) on Jun 23, 2020 at 8:22pm PDT

St. Louis Cardinals:

See you soon! pic.twitter.com/DuwPoLoUuX

— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 24, 2020

All players have been asked to stagger their report dates to spring training — which will be held in each teams' primary home cities — in order to avoid everyone arriving at once, but players must report by July 1, according RADIO.COM's MLB insider Bob Nightengale.

Spring training will begin July 3 while the season will begin July 24 and run until Sept. 27 and include 40 divisional games and 20 interleague games with their geographic counterpart.

Nightengale added that the deal includes all players the ability to opt out of the season and still be paid service time.