MLB's schedule opens March 29, earliest regular start

The 2017 MLB season has yet to come to a close (as much as the Dodgers probably wish it had), but it's never too early to take a look toward next year, with MLB and all 30 teams releasing the 2018 schedules for your frenzied consumption. The 2018 season will kick off on March 29, giving it the earliest start in the history of the league (excluding special international games).

In recent years, MLB 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.

The final day of the 2018 regular season features 12 divisional games on September 30, including the Yankees visiting the rival Boston Red Sox.

Interleague Play throughout the season will feature teams from one league against clubs in the same division of the other league. The Philadelphia Phillies will tangle with the Tampa Bay Rays on April 13-15 in a rematch of the 2008 World Series while the Cubs and Cleveland Indians will square off on April 24-25 in a rematch of the 2016 World Series.

The new format extends the length of the season by adding an additional weekend of play at the beginning of the season. The Rangers and Blue Jays opened the 2001 season there, and in '03 and '04, the Montreal Expos played several regular-season games in San Juan.

Along with the 2010 series, MLB has made three other appearances at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

On April 17 - exactly 50 years after their inaugural game at the Oakland Coliseum - the A's year-long anniversary celebration continues with a 7:05 p.m. PT game against the White Sox that is completely free for all fans.

Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Clubs will again play 19 games against division opponents (76 total games) and either six or seven contests vs. nondivisional league opponents in home and home series (66 total games).

Only time will tell if these changes become permanent fixtures on the MLB schedule, but getting the Opening Day confusion cleared up should be a huge positive.

  • Ricardo Clara