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MLB's schedule opens March 29, earliest regular start

MLB's schedule opens March 29, earliest regular start MLB's schedule opens March 29, earliest regular start
Alejandro Castrejon | Setiembre 13, 2017, 13:42

It's the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia.

All 30 teams will begin their respective season on March 29, marking the first time in a half-century that every club opens play on the same day.

A person with knowledge of the offer told The Canadian Press late Thursday the City of Montreal offered to host the upcoming three-game series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.

That means that in a season with an overseas opener, there could be three different Opening Days: official Opening Day, domestic Opening Day and the day after domestic Opening Day, when most teams play their first game.

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).

This will be just the 12th season to start on a Thursday following 1901-04, 1907, 1912, 1959, 1973-74, 1976 and 2011. The tentative schedule adds four off days for every team.

Other important dates next season include Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday, April 15; a two-game series between the Twins and Indians at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on April 17-18; Mother's Day on May 13; Father's Day on June 17; the first day of the 2018 MLB Draft on Monday, June 4; and All-Star Week in Washington, culminating in the 89th Midsummer Classic on July 17.

The final day of the 2018 regular season features 12 divisional games on Sept. 30, including the Yankees visiting the rival Boston Red Sox. The rest of baseball gets Thursday off, as they have in recent years.

With 15 teams in each league, Interleague Play will take place throughout the entire regular season for the sixth straight year.

Clubs are either starting to accept season ticket deposits or will do so soon, so check individual club sites for details.

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.