The 2018 Major League Baseball regular season will mark the first time since 1968 that every team in the league will open its season on the same date, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The MLB released its full, tentative schedule for the 2018 season on Tuesday.
Several new features are included, such as the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs battling in a single marquee game coming out of the All-Star break, four additional days of rest for each ball club and a Washington, D.C. All-Star Game for the first time since 1969 when the now long-defunct Washington Senators hosted the midsummer classic.
30 teams. One #OpeningDay.
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This will also mark only the 12th time in major-league history and the first time since 2011 that the season will begin on a Thursday. Additionally, the March 29 starting date will represent the earliest beginning to a MLB season ever. Previously, the earliest start date was on March 30, which occurred in 2003, 2008 and 2014. The season will conclude on September 30, which features 12 divisional games — including the New York Yankees against the rival Boston Red Sox.
Perhaps one of the most notable events of the upcoming 2018 campaign will be the Oakland Athletics hosting a free game for all fans on April 17 to commemorate the Athletics’ 50-year anniversary, according to Kyle Glaser of Baseball America. There will also be four World Series rematches from the last 10 years in interleague play: the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, Phillies and New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers.
Additionally, the Indians and Minnesota Twins will play a two-game series in Puerto Rico, the first time a major league game has occurred in Puerto Rico since the Miami Marlins and New York Mets battled there in 2010.