While there’s still a month and half of left in the 2019 MLB Season, and plenty of good playoff races to follow. Major League Baseball is focused on the 2020 season today, with the schedule released for all 30 teams.
A true Opening Day
The 2020 season will feature all 30 teams playing their first game on Thursday, March 26. This will be the earliest an MLB season has ever started. This continues the trend of not wanting the World Series to extend to November. For Opening Day, 12 of the 15 series will feature divisional matchups. Some of the Opening Day Series of interest include long-time rivals Giants vs Dodgers playing in L.A. There is an early pitching duel as Nationals take on the Mets at Citi Field, which could feature Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin vs deGrom, Syndergaard and Stroman. Another Series to watch is the first interleague play between the Rays and the Pirates at the Trop in Tampa Bay. Chris Archer could pitch against his former team. Also the Rangers will open their new ballpark to Mike Trout and the Angles on March 31.
MLB going International
MLB will continue the trend of playing games outside the United States. Major League Baseball will return to Puerto Rico for the second year in a row. The matchup will be the Marlins vs the Mets on April 28-30. These teams previously played against each other in Puerto Rico in 2010. The game will be played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium. There will also be another London Series between another historic rivalry. The Cubs and Cardinals will play at the London Stadium June 13-14.
Other Series of note
Announced last week, The Yankees will play the White Sox at the “Field of Dreams” in Iowa on August 13. This will be played at 8,000 seat new stadium near the site of where the movie took place. So fans will finally be able to answer “If you build it, will they come?” There will also be another Little League classic, this time between the Orioles and Red Sox on August 13. The MLB season will also finish strong with 12 divisional series at the end the regular season. For interleague play this year, the AL West will play the NL East, the AL Central will play the NL West and the AL East will play the NL Central. The team with the hardest start next year will probably be the Oakland A’s. They start the season with the Twins then Astros. They also play the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians all in the month of April. No promotions are known yet, but baseball fans can start planning for the games they are going to next season.