MLB Season to Open March 29

MLB Season to Open March 29

MLB Season to Open March 29

And unlike years past, where the league has staggered openers, every team will begin play on the same day, the first time that's happened since 1968.

As mentioned, Opening Day will be on Thursday, March 29th, with all 30 MLB teams playing (yay!) instead of what we've seen in recent years with three nationally televised games taking place on Sunday and the rest of the league starting play on Monday. Basically, the regular season's earlier opening replaces the last four days of spring training - a period when most teams are playing exhibition games against other Major League Baseball teams at home or away (like the Toronto Blue Jays playing in Montreal) or playing those final few games before breaking camp.

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released the schedule for the 2018 season, and there were plenty of small nuggets that will catch the eyes of baseball fans (aside from those looking to plan summer road trips). The new format extends the length of the season by adding an additional weekend of play at the beginning of the season.

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"The previous earliest Reds" Opening Day was March 31 in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2011 and 2014. The early kickoff will provide teams with three to four extra rest days spread throughout the season.

In recent years, Major League Baseball has opted to start things off with a small number of games on the first Sunday of April - there were three this year - before scheduling the rest of its teams to open the following Monday.

There will be rivalries among the opening matchups, including the San Francisco Giants visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros at the Texas Rangers.

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The final day of the 2018 regular season is scheduled for Sunday, September 30, which is a little earlier than most seasons have ended in recent years, allowing the playoffs to conclude in October rather than bleed into November as they have, or at least have potentially, in the past few seasons.

There will be one nationally televised game on the Thursday after the All-Star Game, and it will pit the Cardinals against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Please see the accompanying files or visit MLB.com for the complete 2018 American League and National League regular season schedules.

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