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Major League Baseball scheduling all 30 MLB Teams to play every other Ball Club during 2023 Season
On Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 Major League Baseball released the new balanced 2023 MLB regular season schedule. For the 1st - time in the long, rich, and traditional history of Major League Baseball (in the interleague era) all 30 - MLB ball clubs will play each and every other MLB team during a single regular season. This new scheduling of the 162 baseball games each team will play in 2023 every MLB franchise will play all of their divisional opponents only 13 - times as opposed the usual 19 - times that we are all accustomed to.
The new balanced 2023 Major League Baseball schedule requires every ball club to host a 3 - game series or potentially play a 3 - game series on the road versus every team from the opposite league (American League or National League). Natural rivals such as the Chicago Cubs vs. the Chicago White Sox (crosstown classic) as well as the New York Yankees vs. the New York Mets (subway series), and the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Los Angeles Angels will face each other in 4 - games, two times at home as well as two times on the road.
In the past, other than natural rivals such as the some of the ones listed above, teams would participate in interleague match - ups (American League vs. National League), only against a one single division from the opposing league. These changes signify that not every big - league club will visit every city each year, much like the way that the NBA and NHL are scheduled. They're all guaranteed at least one series playing against each team from the other league as never been done before during the modern era of Major League Baseball.
Additionally, all MLB franchises will play 1 - home and 1 -road series consisting of either 3 or 4 - games versus teams from outside their assigned divisions but in the same league (NL or AL). For example, the New York Mets will visit the Milwaukee Brewers during May 3rd, 2023 through May 5th, 2023, while hosting them also for 4 - contests June 26th, 2023 through June 29th, 2023.
"The new balanced schedule will feature all 30 - clubs playing each other for at least one series in 2023," the chief operations & strategy officer of Major League Baseball, Chris Marinak, explained in a recently released public statement. "This new format creates more consistent opponent matchups as clubs compete for postseason berths, particularly in the recently expanded wild card round.”
Marinak goes on to say, "Additionally, this fan - friendly format provides fans with the opportunity to see more opponent matchups, with a particular focus on dramatically expanding our most exciting Interleague matchups, and offers more national exposure to the star players throughout our game."
The 2023 Major League Baseball regular season is currently set to commence on Thursday, March 30th, 2023 and it is scheduled to conclude on Sunday, October 1st, 2023.
Major Highlights of the 2023 MLB Season
- All 30 Major League Baseball teams will play on Jackie Robinson Day (Saturday, April 15th, 2023) including the Chicago Cubs visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- The Tampa Bay Rays and the L. A. Dodgers will meet in St. Petersburg, Florida for 3 - MLB ball games from May 26th, 2023 through May 28th, 2023 which will stand to be their 1st - professional baseball games against each other since the 2020 World Series in which the Los Angeles Dodgers were crowned the 2020 MLB World Series champions.
- The Saint Louis Cardinals will battle their hated rivals in the Chicago Cubs for a 2 - game series at a Stadium in London, England next summer from June 24th, 2023 through June 25th, 2023 as previously scheduled as well as previously announced by the MLB. The Major League Baseball All - Star Game will be played July 11th, 2023 in Seattle, Washington at lovely T - Mobile Park.
- All 30 MLB ball clubs will play on Roberto Clemente Day on Friday, September 15th, 2023, including the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the New York Yankees at the Pirates how stadium of PNC Park.
Breakdown of the New Balanced MLB Schedule
Divisional MLB games will come out to 52 - total games against divisional opponents for each team as opposed to previously 76 - divisional games (19 - versus each team in their division). All big - league baseball clubs will participate in either 6 or 7 home or road games versus their fierce divisional opponents.
There are 64 - total games / 32 - home and 32 - away vs. non - divisional league teams, down from 66 - games. Teams will now have to play 6 - games versus 6 - league opponents as well as 7 - games vs. 4 - league ball clubs. This is a complete reversal of the previous format for MLB scheduling, which featured 6 - games vs. 4 - league opponents and 7 - total games vs. 6 - big - league franchises.
There will now be 46 - total MLB games versus interleague opponents, up from only 20 - games previously. All 30 teams will now have to play 42 - games vs. other interleague opponents, and that includes 7 - total series (21 - games) at home and 7 - series (21 - games) on the road as the visiting ball club.
“All 30 Major League Baseball teams to play one another in a season for first time in 2023”, Jesse Rogers, espn.com, Wednesday, August 24, 2022.
Written by: David Green