Someone check the CBA. And then forward it to the Boston Media. We smell (possibly) misguided firestorm.
As a point of fact, the CBA requires that
No Player shall be required to report for spring training workouts more
than thirty-three (33) days prior to the start of the championship season
So, April 2nd is the first Sox game. March has 31 days. That would indicate, by my math, that March 1st is the thirty-third day before the start of the championship season, for the Sox at least. Unless you don't count the 2nd, the day of the game. Which I can't figure out if you do. But the first game for the league is Mets/Cards on Sunday, April 1st, which is clearly in violation. So will Manny be following the rules? Breaking the rules? Does anyone care besides certain Boston columnists (and, eventually, Murray Chass)?
Controversy. Or not. Who the hell knows.
(HT to SoSH for the CBA language)