In the unlikely event that the United States and Canada were to go to war, the American League’s schedule will be interrupted in order to ensure that the World Series would be played on schedule. This is because the World Series is a double-elimination tournament that is scheduled to begin March 31, 2022.
The National League divisional series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals was the first playoff game to be played this year, on October 4. The NLCS was a three and a half game series, won by the Nationals in six games. The NLCS followed the Wild Card game, won by the Brewers over the Cubs. The NLCS was the first playoff series since 2000 in which all four teams won their home games.
In March 2016, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said that the league was considering moving the start of the season back to March, so that each team would play a full 162-games. That prompted a few news outlets to take that story as fact, and to make extravagant projections about the 2022 regular season.
NEW YORK (WABC) — Major League Baseball will begin the 2022 season on March 31 — if there isn’t a labor dispute — and will attempt for the fourth time since 1968 to have every club play their first game on the same day.
The complete schedule was published by the league on Wednesday. The Chicago Cubs will face the Cincinnati Reds in the National League opener, while the Colorado Rockies will face the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves will face the Miami Marlins, the Arizona Diamondbacks will face the Milwaukee Brewers, the Washington Nationals will face the New York Mets, the St. Louis Cardinals will face the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the San Francisco Giants will face the San Diego Padres.
The Toronto Blue Jays will face the Baltimore Orioles, the Tampa Bay Rays will face the Boston Red Sox, the Minnesota Twins will face the Chicago White Sox, the Kansas City Royals will face the Cleveland Guardians, the Los Angeles Angels will face the Oakland Athletics, the Detroit Tigers will face the Seattle Mariners, and the New York Yankees will face the Texas Rangers in AL openers.
The Philadelphia Phillies host the Houston Astros in the only interleague game.
The MLB-players’ association’s collective bargaining agreement ends on December 1. Given the tense relationship between the two parties, a lockout or strike seems to be a possibility. Since a 712-month strike in 1994-95, when the World Series was canceled for the first time in 90 years, baseball has not experienced a labor stoppage.
For three of the last four seasons, MLB has attempted to have all 30 teams play on the same Opening Day. In 2018, the games between Pittsburgh and Detroit, as well as Washington and Cincinnati, were rained out.
With a two-game series in Tokyo, Seattle and Oakland got off to a better start than the rest of the league in 2019. Due to the epidemic, the start of the 2020 season was postponed until July 23, and the lone game on opening night was between the Yankees and the Washington Nationals.
When MLB attempted again this year, a COVID-19 outbreak forced the Mets’ game in Washington — a key pitching duel between Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer — to be postponed. The game between Baltimore and Boston was postponed due to weather.
On April 4, the Royals will host the White Sox, the Blue Jays will host the Rays, the Cubs will host the Cardinals, and the Nationals will host the Phillies in their home opener.
The Yankees will face the Red Sox on April 7, while the Angels will face the Astros, the Twins will face the Mariners, the Diamondbacks will face the Padres, the Cardinals will face the Pirates, and the Braves will face the Reds.
The Tigers will host the White Sox on April 8, the Rays will host the Orioles, the Phillies will host the Athletics, the Rockies will host the Dodgers, and the Giants will host the Marlins on April 8.
The AL East plays the NL Central, the AL Central plays the NL West, and the AL West plays the AL East. The Cubs are in Yankee Stadium from June 10 to 12, while the Red Sox are at Wrigley Field from July 1 to 3.
On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, the Mets take on the Yankees.
On Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, which occurs on a Friday, every team is set to play.
The Tigers are scheduled to play the Twins in a day-night doubleheader on July 23.
The All-Star Game will be held at Dodger Stadium on July 19, the first time it has been held since a players’ strike in 1981. The 2020 All-Star Game was scheduled to be held at Dodger Stadium, however due to the pandemic, it was canceled.
The Dodgers host the Giants in the lone game on July 21, which is the start of the second half.
The regular season is set to conclude on October 2nd.
With a new collective bargaining agreement on the way, the MLB will play the 2018 season without a work stoppage. But what if a new agreement was not reached? The new collective bargaining agreement will start in March of 2018. If there is no strike on the horizon, all 30 teams will open their seasons on March 31. Otherwise, those teams that are under the first year of the new CBA would have the option to push back their opening day to April and play their home opener on May 2.. Read more about 2022 mlb spring training schedule and let us know what you think.