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2022 MLB schedule: All teams will start season March 31 if there’s no work stoppage

Major League Baseball will open the 2022 season March 31—as long as there isn’t a work stoppage—and will try for the fourth time to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.

The league released the full schedule Wednesday. NL openers have the Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals at the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres.

AL openers will have the Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins at the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Guardians, the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees at Texas Rangers.

In the one interleague opener, the Philadelphia Phillies are at the Houston Astros.

The collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the players’ association expires Dec. 1. Given the acrimonious relationship between the sides, a lockout or strike appears possible. Baseball has not had a work stoppage since a 7½-month strike in 1994-95 that caused the first cancellation of the World Series in 90 years.

MLB tried for three of the past four seasons to have all 30 clubs play on the same Opening Day for three of the past four seasons. Pittsburgh at Detroit and Washington at Cincinnati were rained out in 2018.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2021 at 01:11 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: August 05, 2021 at 01:40 PM (#6032981)
The fires and earthquakes all along the West Coast will probably prevent this from happening in 2022. That, or the work stoppage.
   2. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 05, 2021 at 01:46 PM (#6032982)
I'm glad they're trying to have all teams play on the same Opening Day. The absolute worst is when your team isn't playing on Opening Day.
   3. The Duke Posted: August 05, 2021 at 02:05 PM (#6032989)
If there’s no work stoppage……
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 05, 2021 at 03:24 PM (#6033004)
The fires and earthquakes all along the West Coast will probably prevent this from happening in 2022. That, or the work stoppage.

Or COVID-21.
   5. dejarouehg Posted: August 05, 2021 at 04:22 PM (#6033027)
I'm glad they're trying to have all teams play on the same Opening Day. The absolute worst is when your team isn't playing on Opening Day.


It is the absolute worst.....only slightly worse than the day off the following day. This, of course, is surpassed by that second game being called on account of arctic conditions.

I wish they'd start on the 15th, load up the schedule with Saturday day/night doubleheaders, 9 innings each. (Actually, I'd like real doubleheaders but that's too much for too many. Their loss.)

As for the work stoppage, I'll take the over. I go with baseball starting around 5/1.
   6. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: August 05, 2021 at 04:34 PM (#6033032)
5/1/23? Sounds about right...
   7. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 05, 2021 at 05:07 PM (#6033041)
"If"
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: August 05, 2021 at 10:33 PM (#6033091)
one day short of April Fool's Day...
   9. Rough Carrigan Posted: August 06, 2021 at 08:20 AM (#6033129)
So, you have Tampa, a team that plays inside and you have Boston, a team that plays outside and MLB has them playing in the outdoors venue, in Boston, on March 31. Gosh, what could go wrong?
   10. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 06, 2021 at 11:02 AM (#6033180)

So, you have Tampa, a team that plays inside and you have Boston, a team that plays outside and MLB has them playing in the outdoors venue, in Boston, on March 31. Gosh, what could go wrong?


Pshaw, it's all warm and sunny in Boston then. Never snows. Ever.
   11. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: August 06, 2021 at 11:21 AM (#6033183)
So, you have Tampa, a team that plays inside and you have Boston, a team that plays outside and MLB has them playing in the outdoors venue, in Boston, on March 31. Gosh, what could go wrong?


So when should the Sox play their first home game? April 15? May 1? June? There is a 28% chance of precipitation in Boston on March 31. On April 30th there is, wait for it, 28% chance of precipitation. It's definitely colder on March 31 than April 30 but unless you want northern teams to not play a home game until June that's going to be an issue.
   12. bunyon Posted: August 06, 2021 at 11:28 AM (#6033185)
For those of us who follow closely enough to know it’s possible but not close enough to know the ins and outs: how likely is a work stoppage?
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2021 at 11:30 AM (#6033186)

So when should the Sox play their first home game? April 15? May 1? June? There is a 28% chance of precipitation in Boston on March 31. On April 30th there is, wait for it, 28% chance of precipitation. It's definitely colder on March 31 than April 30 but unless you want northern teams to not play a home game until June that's going to be an issue.


I feel like people complain about this every year, and like 60-70 percent of the time the weather is fine.
   14. SoSH U at work Posted: August 06, 2021 at 11:44 AM (#6033190)
So when should the Sox play their first home game? April 15? May 1? June? There is a 28% chance of precipitation in Boston on March 31. On April 30th there is, wait for it, 28% chance of precipitation. It's definitely colder on March 31 than April 30 but unless you want northern teams to not play a home game until June that's going to be an issue.


The other thing, is the warm-weather teams don't want to have their schedules frontloaded in April and May before school lets out. I think it makes sense, in general, to have Boston and Minnesota open on the road and Tampa and LAA play the first week at home, but it's not possible to keep the northermost cities on the road to completely shield them from dates played in potential freezing conditions.

I feel like people complain about this every year, and like 60-70 percent of the time the weather is fine.


Fine in the sense that the game doesn't get called off, sure. Fine in the sense that the weather is actually suitable for playing and watching baseball, I doubt it's that high.
   15. villageidiom Posted: August 06, 2021 at 11:58 AM (#6033196)
So, you have Tampa, a team that plays inside and you have Boston, a team that plays outside and MLB has them playing in the outdoors venue, in Boston, on March 31. Gosh, what could go wrong?
I think the Trop is the one stadium for which I'd say the opponent's home stadium is the better option regardless of what's going on there. Like, remember when Roger Waters was touring and played at Wrigley, and the outfield was all kinds of messed up for a couple weeks afterward? Cubs/Rays at Wrigley in the middle of the concert, with crashing planes and falling bricks and pyrotechnics galore would be better than Cubs/Rays in St. Petersburg.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2021 at 12:22 PM (#6033201)
40 degree games or below, first week of the season:

2021 - 5 with 9 other games later in April/May
2019 - 8 with 6 other games
2018 - 21 with 14 other other games
2017 - 2, no other games
2016 - 9, 1 other game
2015 - 2, 4 other games
2014 - 6, 10 other games
2013 - 3, 16 other games
2012 - 1, 2 other games
2011 - 4, 4 other games
2010 - 1, 3 other games

I dunno, just doesn't seem like that big a problem to me, and I've sat through a few of those games!
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: August 06, 2021 at 01:01 PM (#6033207)
I dunno, just doesn't seem like that big a problem to me, and I've sat through a few of those games!


As have I (though only one at the big league level). I'll be happy to never have to again.

   18. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: August 06, 2021 at 01:08 PM (#6033210)
For those of us who follow closely enough to know it’s possible but not close enough to know the ins and outs: how likely is a work stoppage?


I don't know, but many people who are connected seem to think some sort of work stoppage is near a mortal lock.
   19. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 06, 2021 at 01:12 PM (#6033212)
Rob Manfred is talking to DraftKings right now about setting the over/under on that work stoppage.
   20. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: August 06, 2021 at 01:38 PM (#6033218)
I don't know, but many people who are connected seem to think some sort of work stoppage is near a mortal lock.


It seems to me that there is virtually no reporting on the issue which to me is either very very good news or very very bad news.
   21. dejarouehg Posted: August 06, 2021 at 03:41 PM (#6033258)
It seems to me that there is virtually no reporting on the issue which to me is either very very good news or very very bad news.


It is odd that there has been almost complete radio silence on this, relative to the last time relations were this acrimonious prior to a CBA negotiation. I can't imagine it's because both sides had the good sense not to whine about their horrible plight while the country was dealing with something more important.
   22. The Honorable Ardo Posted: August 06, 2021 at 09:13 PM (#6033312)
Cold weather games are fun if you dress accordingly. I recall an April (night) Cubs-Giants game at Wrigley. I wore my winter coat, a thick fleece top, and a hat, and I was snug as a bug. All around me people in T-shirts and shorts were suffering and leaving early.
   23. RickG Posted: August 06, 2021 at 10:43 PM (#6033329)
I think the same 15 teams should host opening day series. The 5 Californians, the 2 Texans, the 2 Floridians, the DBacks, the Brewers, the Jays, the M's, Atlanta and the Reds (for old times' sake).

After Opening Day it really doesn't matter. You have a chance to be THE story everywhere at once, so take it. The other 15 teams get bonus pops whether their home openers are 3, 6, or 9 days later.

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