MLB schedule 2022: Full slate released with Opening Day set for March 31, All-Star Game on July 19
1 minute read on August 4, 2021 at 1:45 p.m. ET Photographs courtesy of Getty Images The Major League Baseball regular season schedule for the 2022 season was revealed on Wednesday. In addition, it should be noted that the existing collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which controls the working relationship between players and clubs, is due to expire in December, and the negotiation of a new CBA is expected to be a difficult process with a genuine possibility of a labor stoppage. As a result, all dates should be considered to be engraved in pencil rather than permanent ink.
Accordingly, Opening Day of the 2022 season has the potential to become the first season since 1968 in which every MLB team plays their first game of the season on the same day, as has been the case since 1968.
Here are the schedules for all 15 Opening Day games in 2022:
- Astros at Phillies
- A’s at Mariners
- Rangers at Yanks
- Cleveland Guardians at Royals
- White Sox at Twins
- Orioles at Blue Jays
- Red Sox at Rays
- Brewers at Diamondbacks
- Dodgers at Rockies
- Padres at Giants
- Reds at Cubs
- Pirates at Cardinals
- Marlins at Braves
- Mets at Nationals
- Astros at Phillies
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Here are some of the other highlights of the 2022 Major League Baseball schedule:
- Interleague Play, which will take place during the 2022 season, will face the American League East against the National League Central, the American League Central against the National League West, and the American League West against the National League East. This year, Jackie Robinson Day will be celebrated on April 15, while the 92nd All-Star Game will be held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 19, according to the official schedule. In addition, the Dodgers will host the Giants on Thursday, July 21, the only game on that day that is not part of the All-Star break
- This will be the first time the Dodgers have hosted the All-Star Game since 1980. While we’re talking about The Dodgers, they’ll face the San Diego Padres nine times throughout the month of September. The last day of the regular season is set to take place on Sunday, October 2. All 30 teams will compete, and 12 of the 15 games will be amongst clubs from the same division.
More information about the schedule for 2022 may be found here.
MLB lockout: Why spring training likely won’t start on time, and when Opening Day would be in serious jeopardy
MLB and the MLB Players Association are expected to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement within the next few weeks, bringing to an end what has already been the longest owners’ lockout in baseball history. I’m not sure when it will happen, but I’m confident that it will. Major League Baseball will continue to exist in its current form. The two parties will come to an agreement at some time in the future that is yet to be defined. I am well aware of this. The start of spring training, on the other hand, is in significant peril.
Free agency and trades aside, teams will require additional time to complete their offseason affairs (arbitration, visas for players from foreign countries, and so on) before camp can start.
Once a new collective bargaining agreement is negotiated, a two-week “offseason” and a three-week “spring training” should be considered the absolute bare minimum to begin the regular season.
Let’s take a look at some of the likely milestones for the CBA negotiations with that in mind.
This is the point at which a compromise must be found in order to satisfy certain admittedly arbitrary deadlines.
Feb. 1: Full spring training
The Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association met on Tuesday (Feb. 1), and the discussions were “heated,” but the parties came away with nothing. It’s not the end of the world if the offseason continues into spring training if a new agreement had been reached on Feb. 1 to give teams about two weeks to finish their offseasons before pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Arbitration hearings are frequently held during camp, and we’ve seen free agents, including major names like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, sign their contracts as late as late February or early March.
That is really significant.
Feb. 7: Full exhibition schedule
Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 26, both the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League will begin their respective seasons. That’s around 10 days after the pitchers and catchers go to the field. Given that players will need to participate in at least one team workout before participating in games (ideally more, but at least one), and that the league will require a few days for COVID-19 intake testing, the earliest possible date for an agreement that does not sacrifice spring training games is February 7, 2019.
March 1: Opening Day
The first day of classes will be held on Thursday, March 31. In the event that an agreement is reached by March 1, there would be just enough time for a two-week offseason and a three-week spring training session, allowing the regular season to begin on time. However, MLB and the MLBPA would be working on a tight deadline, so narrow that even a minor setback (such as delayed visas or a wave of positives during intake testing) might undermine the entire strategy, although it appears to be achievable.
In the event that an agreement is not reached by March 1, there is almost no chance that the MLB and the MLBPA will be able to avoid interrupting the regular season, when wages are at stake (salary for players and money-making regular season games for teams).
March 15: Delayed Opening Day
The lockout of 1990 established a precedent for a postponed Opening Day. It lasted 32 days, delayed spring training to nearly two weeks, and moved Opening Day back one week as a result of the labor dispute. In order to accommodate a complete 162-game season, three more days were added to the conclusion of the schedule. So, certainly, moving Opening Day back has occurred in the past and may occur in the future. The signing of a deal on March 15 would be followed by two weeks of offseason and three weeks of spring training, which would put Opening Day back to around April 15.
A combination of doubleheaders and adding an additional week at the conclusion of the season might be used to make up for those games.
Travel plans have already been made, and non-baseball events at Major League Baseball stadiums have been scheduled. As an illustration, consider the World Series championAtlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. The following is their schedule for the first few weeks of the season:
- At the Marlins from March 31 to April 3, at the Mets from April 4-5, at the Reds from April 7-10, at Nationals from April 11-13, at Padres from April 14-17.
Opening Day might be pushed back two weeks, which would result in postponements of games against the Marlins, Mets, Reds and Nationals. The Braves would start the season with the Padres, as well as the Marlins and Mets games against one other. It would be impossible to move everything back two weeks without causing a logistical headache, thus MLB would require that every team resume their present schedule when the season begins. Another possibility is that MLB and the MLB Players Association may agree to delay Opening Day and merely reduce the season rather than play a full 162-game schedule.
May 1: 100-game season
We all enjoy round numbers, and a 100-game regular season would be a logical goal if the lockout were to last until the end of April. In addition to the fact that there is no precedence for a 100-game season (teams played 103-111 games around the 1981 strike and 112-117 games before the 1994 strike), there is also no precedent for a 60-game season, as was the case last season. On rare occasions, history is written. Each club is slated to play its 62nd game on or around June 6, which would put the deadline for a new CBA at or around May 1 (or thereabouts).
June 6 also happens to be a Monday, which is handy because it is the first day of a new series in baseball.
June 15: All-Star break
It will be the latest All-Star Game since the strike-interrupted 1981 season reopened with the Midsummer Classic on August 9, and each club will play 97-100 games before the All-Star break, which will be held on July 19 this year. As a result, the All-Star break provides as an excellent jumping off point for another season of around 60 games. As part of its drive to re-engage fans, the Major League Baseball (MLB) might possibly kick off the season with the All-Star Game. Perhaps this would be a good idea.
The two-week offseason and three-week spring training we anticipate will be sufficient for our purposes.
An All-Star start might take place as early as June 15th, if not before.
Aug. 1: Worst-case scenario
MLB and the MLBPA will most likely reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement by this date, and baseball will resume this season, or they will fail to do so, and there will be no baseball in 2021. If you reach an agreement on Aug. 1, you’ll have enough time to play in what, at most, 45 games? Maybe a season with 30 games? If this is the case, it may be more cost effective to forego the regular season completely and instead create a big 30-team round robin tournament.
The worst-case scenario for baseball is a lockout that lasts until the end of August. No one comes out on top. No one, not the owners, nor the players, and certainly not the fans, are in favor of it.
Feb. 1, 2023: Full spring training
In the rare event that the 2022 season is missed, we’ll start over from the beginning of the next offseason, and Feb. 1 will once again be the deadline by which MLB and the MLBPA must have a CBA in place in order to have a normal spring training season. If you miss out on the season, the clock on everything effectively resets, and we’re looking at the same dates all over again, this time for 2023 rather than 2022.
Nearly two months into MLB lockout, when is it time to worry about spring training and Opening Day?
31st of January, 2022
- Jesse began working for ESPN Chicago in September 2009, and he currently covers Major League Baseball for ESPN.com.
The Major League Baseball lockout will soon approach its third month. When it all started on Dec. 2, MLB and the MLB Players Association had 119 days before the start of the new season to straighten things out and get things back on track. As the clock ticks down to Opening Day – which is now just 59 days away – the two parties have placed everything in peril by failing to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. Baseball is normally in full swing as the calendar year changes from January to February.
- There are now efforts on to get visas for international participants, as well as establish lodging arrangements for the upcoming months.
- However, this year, everything has been put on hold.
- “It’s difficult to tell if I should push myself to be ready or take my time,” Cishek said of his preparations.
- The players, on the other hand, must continue to prepare for the season despite the fact that the start date of spring training, and perhaps the date of Opening Day, is becoming increasingly unknown.
- “However, there are more pressing matters to attend to right now.
Feb. 15 (44 days from Opening Day): Pitchers and catchers report
When to be concerned: February 8 Players under contract should have ample time to report to camp as scheduled, according to one team executive, but a free-agent frenzy will erupt for the other unsigned players if the impasse is resolved within the next seven days, according to another official. Was everyone going to come on time? Most likely not, especially for individuals who are traveling from outside the nation. Camps may open, pitchers could begin throwing, and spring routines could begin as early as this week.
- According to one agent, “I’ve gone over rosters time and time again.” “I have two free agents, and I’m ready to go, but the discussion is at a standstill for the time being.
- I was successful in settling numerous arbitration disputes that would have been resolved sooner had I not been involved.
- It demonstrated to you that you could do a great deal in a short period of time.” It would be a chaotic stretch leading up to the start of spring training, with players arriving from overseas, signing and taking physicals, and simply finding spring housing all contributing to the chaos.
- Men are unsure if they should look for a rental property or whether it is feasible to include a condition in the renters agreement that protects them in the event that they do not make it in time for the spring semester, according to Cishek.
“Stuff like that is difficult for young men and men with families, but perhaps we will be able to work it out in due course.”
Feb. 26 (33 days from Opening Day): Spring training games begin
When to be concerned: February 19 In interactions with other players, it has been established that players require a bare minimum of seven days to prepare for game activity before entering the game. If spring schedules are to be adhered to, camps will need to be up and running by approximately February 19. In order to keep pitchers and even position players safe, it is necessary to encourage them to provide a bit less than 100 percent effort in the first few spring games. In addition, having everything ready before camp begins would be excellent.
- They can’t, however, go into the game with only a few weeks’ notice to prepare and throw an inning.
- According to at least one front-office official, teams are preparing by bringing in minor leaguers who are not on the 40-man roster to major league camp.
- Many people have already visited the spring amenities.
- According to San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola, “the epidemic was a wonderful trial run for working out on your own and trying to be as innovative as possible.” “It is quite beneficial because it forces you to think outside the box.
- One of the participants remarked that “the last time we used college athletes because no one else was available.” “I’m not sure what we’ll do next; perhaps we’ll recruit some high school boys.
March 31: Opening Day
When you should be concerned: March 3. According to several pitchers and their representatives, the 23 days between the start of summer camp (July 1) and Opening Day (July 24) in 2020 will not be enough time to prepare for the epidemic season’s resumption the following year. According to league insiders, four weeks of spring training would most likely be required in order to start the 2022 regular season on schedule and with less fear about injury than in previous years. That implies that camps must be open by around March 3, 2019.
Players will get $5,000 cheques from the union if a contract is not reached by early March.
It’s very much a doomsday scenario, to be honest.
In three to four weeks, we should be ready, but I’d like to see the entire spring season unfold. I believe that the fans are as well.”
MLB Announces Complete 2022 Schedule; Opening Day Set for March 31
Photograph by Charles Rex Arbogast for the Associated Press The Major League Baseball season in 2022 would begin on March 31 with 15 games involving all 30 clubs, according to the league. On Opening Day, 11 games involving division opponents will be played, including a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, and one interleague series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros, according to the league’s official release. Jared Diamond may be reached at jareddiamond.com.
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Dates Opening Day is on March 31st.
(All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 19) The regular season comes to an end on October 2nd.
In 2022, the National League West rivals will play five weekend series, with two of them taking place in September (Sept.
9-11 at Petco Park).
Fernando Tatis Jr.
It will be the first time the two have met.
From 2016 to 2018, Shields made 77 appearances for the White Sox, posting a 5.31 earned run average.
Chicago and San Diego each have stacked rosters with young, dynamic players on their respective clubs.
New York will host the Red Sox on April 7 to kick off their home schedule, but it is another four-game series at Fenway Park from July 7 to 10 that will bring the two clubs together again.
For the first time since August 2017, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper will reignite their friendly rivalry, with Shohei Ohtani thrown into the mix.
Cleveland’s new moniker, “The Cavs,” will be introduced during the next season.
They will take on the Kansas City Royals in their debut game under the new moniker at Progressive Field on Tuesday, April 2.
Free agents include players like as Kris Bryant, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, Marcus Stroman, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Marcus Semien, Freddie Freeman, and a slew of other famous names.
If more clubs participate in free agency this offseason, the number of teams that might be considered for the postseason before March 31, 2022, could climb dramatically before that date.
When does the 2021 MLB season start?
Nationals Major League Baseball was the professional sports league whose regular season was the most severely disrupted in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The epidemic led the MLB to postpone the start of the season until late July, rather than the usual six-month, 162-game schedule that it had in previous seasons. With the consequence of this decision, the league organized a 60-game regular season with an enlarged postseason, which culminated in the Los Angeles Dodgers winning their first World Series since 1988.
The league intends to play a full 162-game season in 2021, with the first game scheduled to take place on April 1, while spring training is now in full swing.
With the opening of the Major League Baseball season just around the corner, here’s everything you need to know about how the season will unfold.
When is MLB Opening Day?
The first day of classes will be held on Thursday, April 1.
Who is playing on Opening Day?
All 30 clubs will begin their seasons on April 1, with the first game of the season being played in New York. Locally, the Nationals will host the Mets, while the Orioles will travel to Boston to face the Red Sox in an American League East matchup. You can view the whole Opening Day schedule by clicking here.
Opening Day National TV Schedule
Four of the 15 Opening Day games will be shown live on ESPN across the country. The names of them are as follows:
- The Blue Jays will take on the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET
- The Rockies will take on the Dodgers at 4:10 p.m. ET
- The Mets will take on the Nationals at 7:09 p.m. ET
- And the Angels will take on the White Sox at 10:05 p.m. ET.
All 11 other games will be shown on local regional networks and streamed live on MLB.TV. The first game will be broadcast on local regional networks.
Upcoming 2021 MLB Calendar
- Opening Day is on April 1, Jackie Robinson Day is on April 15, Lou Gehrig Day is on June 2, the MLB Draft is on July 11-13, and the All-Star Game is on July 13. Induction into the Hall of Fame will take place on July 25.
The Start of the MLB Regular Season Is in Jeopardy
When Major League Baseball owners sought assistance from a federal mediator on Thursday, it was a scathing indictment of more than two months of unproductive negotiations with players to bring the lockout to an end. Moreover, it highlighted the fact that the two parties had reached little or no agreement during the last three years. Is there a consensus on when the COVID-19-interrupted season will begin in 2020? Nope. Is there a deal on swapping a universal DH for a longer postseason period? Nope.
- “Two months after instituting their lockout and only two days after pledging to Players that a counterproposal would be presented, the owners declined to make a counter and instead requested mediation,” the team stated in a statement.
- “The players are prepared to bargain.” Over the course of three years, the health and safety regulations associated with COVID-19 were the closest thing the two sides came to finding one ground.
- As a result of the glacial pace of these lockout negotiations and three years of stalemate, not only pitchers and catchers but the whole season is in peril.
- There are just 24 days left to reach an agreement and have it ratified by the parties involved.
It is evident that the intervention of an impartial third party to assist in bridging gaps and facilitating an agreement would be the most fruitful road forward.” It was deemed unneeded by the union.
In response to Clinton’s request, Usery proposed a plan to try to break the impasse after 4 12 months of mediation had taken place.
When Usery’s idea was first announced, MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr described it as “probably the most one-sided proposition that we have ever seen or heard about.” Mediators, on the other hand, are not normally expected to offer recommendations.
The FMCS’s national representative, Scot Beckenbaugh, was sought after by the property’s owners.
Beckenbaugh is the Mike Trout of mediators, as the saying goes.
He is not the same person as Bill Usery.
Since last May, there has been little movement in the negotiations.
They argued that any adjustment would be unworkable.
Arbitration eligibility (another nonstarter with owners), the competitive balance tax, postseason structure, and how to direct more money to young players have all seen minimal movement as well.
For example, it took players one week to submit a counter-proposal in which they reduced the size of a bonus pool proposal from $105 million to $100 million, for example.
It didn’t exist on December 2, when the collective bargaining agreement expired and the lockout began, since the agreement had expired.
16 would infuse a sense of urgency, but this has not been the case.
28 or thereabouts will impose pressure.
An agent informed me back in December that he expected the dispute to extend until the end of the year.
Players adapted to practicing on their own for a shorter season with prorated compensation because the season was shorter.
MLB recommended playing 154 games the next year in response to COVID-19 concerns.
It now appears that the level of belief may have been exaggerated.
More MLB coverage may be found at: On the other hand, spring training is unlikely to begin on time.
When is Opening Day 2021? Date, schedule, start times for all 30 MLB teams
When you read this, make a wish on a piece of wood: Happy Opening Day. If the year 2020 taught us anything, it’s that nothing in the sports world feels right unless baseball is played in the spring. Major League Baseball successfully weathered the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, culminating in the Dodgers winning their first World Series since 1988 after a tense 60-game stretch that was both perilous and successful. A full 162-game schedule will begin in just over a week, bringing a new level of anxiety to the sport.
That’s all there is to it.
Despite the fact that the MLB offseason has been sluggish and labor-intensive thus far, there have been a few notable moves: Trevor Bauer is heading west to bolster the Dodger rotation, the Mets have completed a trade for super-smiley superstar Francisco Lindor, and Nolan Arenado has switched from purple and silver to Cardinals red after being acquired in a trade with the Cardinals.
Every detail regarding Opening Day in 2021, including the complete television schedule with start timings for all 30 clubs, is provided below.
When is MLB Opening Day 2021?
Major League Baseball expects that all 30 teams will be able to take the field on April 1, which would be the first time since 1968 that all 30 teams have started on the same day. Rainouts have forced MLB to postpone games for the fourth straight season, despite the fact that all 30 clubs had started on the same day for the previous three seasons. The first game of the day pits Aaron Judge and the Yankees against the Blue Jays and George Springer, who is sporting new uniforms after signing a multi-million dollar deal with the Jays this summer to become their third baseman.
MLB Opening Day schedule
All 30 teams will be represented on the Opening Day schedule.
|Game||First pitch (ET)|
|Yankees vs. Blue Jays||1:05 p.m.|
|Tigers vs. Indians||1:10 p.m.|
|Red Sox vs. Orioles||2:10 p.m.|
|Brewers vs. Twins||2:10 p.m.|
|Cubs vs. Pirates||2:20 p.m.|
|Phillies vs. Braves||3:05 p.m.|
|Marlins vs. Rays||4:10 p.m.|
|Reds vs. Cardinals||4:10 p.m.|
|Rockies vs. Dodgers||4:10 p.m.|
|Padres vs. Diamondbacks||4:10 p.m.|
|Royals vs. Rangers||4:10 p.m.|
|Nationals vs. Mets||7:09 p.m.|
|Angels vs. White Sox||10:05 p.m.|
|Athletics vs. Astros||10:07 p.m.|
|Mariners vs. Giants||10:10 p.m.|
MLB Opening Day 2021: Schedule, Dates, Fan Attendance Policies
Following a pandemic-shortened season in which there were no regular season spectators, MLB’s Opening Day in 2021 may be the most eagerly awaited start to a season in baseball ever. Despite the fact that fans were present at Globe Life Field for both the National League Championship Series and the World Series, the 2020 Major League Baseball season was mainly devoid of spectators. Starting in 2021, more clubs than ever before will be hosting fans on Opening Day, a trend that has already begun.
The first day of April in 2021 will be the official MLB Opening Day.
One club, the Toronto Blue Jays, will begin the season in a location that is very far away from home.
The club intends to open the season at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., and then relocate to Buffalo, where it will play the remainder of the season when the weather warms up. According to sources, the squad expects to return to Toronto at some point during the current season.
Teams with Home Openers on April 1
- Cleveland Indians
- Chicago Cubs
- Cincinnati Reds
- Colorado Rockies
- Detroit Tigers
- Kansas City Royals
- Los Angeles Angels
- Miami Marlins
- Milwaukee Brewers
- New York Yankees
- Oakland Athletics
- Philadelphia Phillies
- San Diego Padres
- Seattle Mariners
- Washington Nationals
- Toronto Blue Jays
Teams with Home Openers on April 5
- The Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago White Sox, the Houston Astros, the Minnesota Twins, the New York Mets, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams represented.
Teams with Home Openers on April 9
- The Arizona Diamondbacks, the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants, and the Tampa Bay Rays are among the teams in the American League.
MLB Opening Day Starters and Lineups
Opening Day lineups and pitching matchups will become clearer as the games get closer, but for many teams, Opening Day starters are a foregone conclusion. Below is a list of starting pitchers you can safely expect to toe the rubber on April 1, barring injury:
- Zack Greinke (Astros)
- Hyun-jin Ryu (Blue Jays)
- Kyle Hendricks (Cubs)
- Jack Flaherty (Cardinals)
- Max Fried (Braves)
- Dylan Bundy (Angels)
- Kyle Gibson (Rangers)
- Nathan Eovaldi (Red Sox)
- Matthew Boyd (Tigers)
- Zack Greinke (Mets)
- Zack Greinke (Nationals)
- Zack Greinke (Astros)
Furthermore, even though outstanding players require rest and days off during the season, top players will nearly always be in the starting lineup on Opening Day, if they are in good physical condition. Consequently, players such as Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Aaron Judge will all be available to play on Opening Day in the majors.
Schedule of MLB Opening Day Promotional Giveaways
The practice of promotions on Opening Day has been ingrained in baseball, both in the big league and in the minors. However, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, several teams are altering the method (and when) they distribute freebies to their supporters. Approximately half of all Major League Baseball teams are planning a promotional giveaway around Opening Day, according to current information. The typical magnetic schedule/calendar of team games for the remainder of the season is the most often given away giveaway item.
As of this writing, the following is the current breakdown of Opening Day giveaway products (as well as the teams who will be participating), as well as the duration of the contest:
- Clear Tote Bag (for use between April 9 and April 11)
- Atlanta Braves – Magnetic Schedule (for use between April 9 and April 11)
- Baltimore Orioles – Kids Opening Day: Orioles Arm Sleeve (for use between April 9 and April 11)
- Cleveland Indians – Magnetic Schedule (for use between April 9 and April 11)
- Los Angeles Angels – Wall Calendar
- Philadelphia Phillies – Magnetic Schedule (for use between April 9 and April 11)
- Philadelphia Phillies – Raffle Tickets (for use
MLB 2021 Opening Day TV Schedule
On Opening Day, ESPN will broadcast a quadruple header, with the other 11 games shown on regional cable stations as well as MLBTV (though blackout restrictions will be in effect). The four games scheduled for ESPN on Opening Day are as follows: The Blue Jays will take on the Yankees (1:05 p.m. ET) The Colorado Rockies will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (4:10 p.m. ET) The New York Mets will take against the Washington Nationals (7:09 p.m. ET) The Angels will take on the White Sox (10:05 p.m.
Which MLB Teams Will Allow Fans?
The decision on which Major League Baseball teams will invite fans back for Opening Day and the rest of the season is still up in the air, but it appears probable that all MLB teams will have people in the seats on Opening Day in 2021. Baseball attendance policies are being tracked by Vivid Seats for the 2021 MLB season, with a particular focus on Opening Day.
|Team||Opening Day Date (Home opener)||Opponent||Time (CT)||Fans Allowed?||Attendance (% capacity)|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||4/9/2021||Reds||8:40 p.m.||Yes||12,158 (25%)|
|Atlanta Braves||4/9/2021||Phillies||6:20 p.m.||Yes||13,500 (33%)|
|Baltimore Orioles||4/8/2021||Red Sox||2:05 p.m.||Yes||11,000 (25%)|
|Boston Red Sox||4/1/2021||Orioles||1:10 p.m.||Yes||4,500 (12%)|
|Chicago Cubs||4/1/2021||Pirates||1:20 p.m.||Yes||8,274 (20%)|
|Chicago White Sox||4/8/2021||Royals||3:10 p.m.||Yes||8,122 (20%)|
|Cincinnati Reds||4/1/2021||Cardinals||3:10 p.m.||Yes||12,700 (30%)|
|Cleveland Indians||4/5/2021||Royals||3:10 p.m.||Yes||10,500 (30%)|
|Colorado Rockies||4/1/2021||Dodgers||3:10 p.m.||Yes||21,363 (42.6%)|
|Detroit Tigers||4/1/2021||Indians||12:10 p.m.||Yes||1,000 (3%)|
|Houston Astros||4/8/2021||Athletics||7:10 p.m.||Yes||10,300 (25%)|
|Kansas City Royals||4/1/2021||Rangers||3:10 p.m.||Yes||10,000 (26%)|
|Los Angeles Angels||4/1/2021||White Sox||9:05 p.m.||Yes||9,000 (20%)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||4/9/2021||Nationals||3:10 p.m.||Yes||11,000 (20%)|
|Miami Marlins||4/1/2021||Rays||3:10 p.m.||Yes||9,186 (25%)|
|Milwaukee Brewers||4/1/2021||Twins||1:10 p.m.||Yes||10,475 (25%)|
|Minnesota Twins||4/8/2021||Mariners||3:10 p.m.||Yes||10,000 (25%)|
|New York Mets||4/8/2021||Marlins||12:10 p.m.||Yes||8,300 (20%)|
|New York Yankees||4/1/2021||Blue Jays||12:05pm||Yes||10,000 (10%)|
|Oakland Athletics||4/1/2021||Astros||9:07 p.m.||Yes||9,400 (20%)|
|Philadelphia Phillies||4/1/2021||Braves||2:05 p.m.||Yes||8,000 (20%)|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||4/8/2021||Cubs||12:35 p.m.||Yes||7,672 (20%)|
|San Diego Padres||4/1/2021||Diamondbacks||3:10 p.m.||Yes||10,000 (20%)|
|San Francisco Giants||4/9/2021||Rockies||3:35 p.m.||Yes||8,400 (20%)|
|Seattle Mariners||4/1/2021||Giants||9:10 p.m.||Yes||9,000 (25%)|
|St. Louis Cardinals||4/8/2021||Brewers||3:15 p.m.||Yes||14,500 (32%)|
|Tampa Bay Rays||4/9/2021||Yankees||2:10 p.m.||Yes||7,000 (17%)|
|Texas Rangers||4/5/2021||Blue Jays||3:05 p.m.||Yes||40,300|
|Toronto Blue Jays||4/8/2021||Angels||5:37 p.m.||Yes||1,000 (15%)|
|Washington Nationals||4/1/2021||Mets||8:09 p.m||Yes||5,000 (12.1%)|
It was announced by the Texas Rangers that Globe Life Field will be opened to its full capacity following the elimination of COVID-19-related limitations by the state of Texas. The Houston Astros, the state’s other major league baseball franchise, stated that it will proceed with a lower seating capacity at Minute Maid Park. Opening Day for minor league affiliates of all big league teams is traditionally held after the MLB Opening Day, meaning the majority of teams will begin play in April and May, with Class AAA teams beginning play on April 6 and Class AA and lower teams beginning play in May.
Because the minor league season is shorter than the major league season, it will conclude earlier than the major league season. Before you know it, the Major League Baseball season will be underway in 2021. Look for tickets so that you may attend the event in person.
ESPN’s 2021 Major League Baseball Season-Opening Schedule to Feature 11 National Game Telecasts and 18 Clubs in Action
This Sunday, the 32nd season of Sunday Night Baseball will kick off with American League MVP José Abreu and the Chicago White Sox taking on Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels. Starting with Opening Day on Thursday, April 1, ESPN will nationally broadcast 11 Major League Baseball 2021 season-opening games throughout the first week of the season, beginning with the season-opening game on Thursday, April 1. On that day, ESPN will broadcast a quadrupleheader, which will consist of about 13 hours of nonstop Opening Day baseball action.
- ET on April 1.
- The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays will square off in an American League East clash on Opening Day, which will begin at 1 p.m.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers will take on the Colorado Rockies at 4 p.m.
- Following the 7 p.m.
- Opening Day finale.
- the first episode of the season Tuesday, April 4 will mark the beginning of the 32nd season of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseballpresented by Taco Bell, which serves as the exclusive, national MLB game of the week.
- The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at a special hour of 8:30 p.m.
On ESPN, the ESPN App, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Deportes, you can watch the game.
on April 4, ESPN will broadcast the Atlanta Braves vs.
Monday, April 5, will see the continuation of ESPN’s season-opening programming, which will include a quadrupleheader that will last nearly 13 hours of game coverage.
At 7 p.m., the Boston Red Sox will take on the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN.
The White Sox’s last game on April 5 is scheduled at 10 p.m.
When the Mets play host to the Phillies on Tuesday, April 6, the season-opening slate will resume at 7 p.m.
|Thu, Apr. 1||1 p.m.||Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees||ESPN, ESPN App|
|4 p.m.||Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies||ESPN, ESPN App|
|7 p.m.||New York Mets at Washington Nationals||ESPN, ESPN App|
|10 p.m.||Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics||ESPN, ESPN App|
|Sun, Apr. 4||1 p.m.||Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies||ESPN, ESPN App|
|8:30 p.m.||Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels||ESPN, ESPN App|
|Mon, Apr. 5||1 p.m.||Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers||ESPN, ESPN App|
|4 p.m.||Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians||ESPN, ESPN App|
|7 p.m.||Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox||ESPN, ESPN App|
|10 p.m.||Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners||ESPN, ESPN App|
|Tue, Apr.6||7 p.m.||New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies||ESPN, ESPN App|
MLB Opening Day History
Baseball has been referred to be “America’s National Pastime” for more than a century, surpassing all other sports in popularity. In addition, no other game during the regular season’s one hundred sixty-two game schedule has elicited as much excitement as the first game of the season. Just take a glance at the calendar of any die-hard baseball fan. Vacation? Holidays? Anniversaries? All of these things are quickly forgotten and pale in comparison to the highly anticipated opening game of the season.
It’s likely that their response will be “Opening Day.” It is much more than a single event; it is a whole experience.
Due to inclement weather, they were only forced to debut on the road twice over this period (1877 and 1966).
However, despite being hailed as baseball’s opening act, Cincinnati has posted an average record of 50-52-1, which has been overshadowed by the countless spectacles that have taken place away from the field, including parades, fireworks, circus performances as well as the opening of new ballparks in 1884, 1894, 1912 and 2003.
Since then, eleven sitting presidents of the United States have thrown out the ceremonial first pitch of the season.
Truman, who demonstrated his ambidextrous abilities in 1950 when he threw out balls with both his right and left arms.
In addition, “Teddy Ballgame” had at least one hit in each of the Opening Day games in which he appeared.
Cleveland ace Bob Feller and Chicago White Sox hurler Eddie Smith battled head-to-head on Opening Day in 1940, making it one of the most legendary pitching matches in baseball history.
When Hank Aaron tagged the Cincinnati Reds for his 714th career home run on his first swing of the 1974 season at Riverfront Stadium, he energized the fans, tying Babe Ruth for the all-time record and electrifying the whole stadium.
Following a significant blizzard that preceded the opening of the 1907 season, the New York Giants took the field against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Fans at the Polo Grounds became enraged when their team fell behind 3-0 and began tossing snowballs onto the playing field, disturbing the game’s flow.
Bill Klem, the home plate umpire, had had enough after being pelted with baseballs and declared a forfeit in favor of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The answer is that it isn’t all that much.
The Detroit Tigers, who won every Opening Day from 2009 through 2017, were tied with the Big Red Machine in 2018, but lost their position as the tenth best team in baseball.
Greg Maddux was a foregone conclusion on the mound, since he had a perfect 6-0 record in seven career starts.
Other perfect Opening Day hurlers include Wes Ferrell (6-0) and Lon Warneke (5-0).
Walter Johnson, probably more than any other player in baseball history, was the first to put on a uniform on Opening Day.
His two most illustrious starts are a 3-0 shutout of the A’s in 1910 and a 1-0 marathon triumph over Philadelphia’s Eddie Rommel in which he battled for fifteen innings.
That tiny extra thrill, that slight increase in pulse rate is all there is to it.
You’re well aware that once you’ve won the first one, you can’t possibly lose them all.” Regardless of the outcome, Opening Day continues to be the most important day of the year in the hearts and minds (as well as on the calendars) of baseball fans throughout the world.
ALSO, please keep in mind that the Opening Day game statistics shown here pertains to each single team’s Opening Day game — which was played in their home stadium.
Every club, every year, is required to play an Opening Day game, and when a team plays its first game at home, the data from that home opener is used to gather information for Opening Day study.