Major League Baseball released its 2018 schedule on Tuesday – and while we certainly aren’t expecting our last-place Fightin’ Phils to contend for the playoffs next season, let’s take a dive into the slate of games anyways. The 1993 National League Champs went worst-to-first so, hey, you never know…
The first notable tidbit gathered from the release is sure to upset hardball traditionalists: Next season begins in March, and not April like years past. Yes, that means this will be the earliest start to the season in the MLB’s more than 100-year history. Can you believe that garbage? Although, looking on the bright side, Opening Day 2018 will mark the first time since 1968 that EVERY team will play. That’s pretty neat.
• March 29 – Phillies at Braves (Opening Day)
• April 5 – Marlins at Phillies (Home Opener)
• May 28 – First West Coast road trip kicks off on the tail end of Memorial Day Weekend
• June 25-27 – Yankees at Phillies
• July 17 – MLB All-Star Game
• July 30-31 – Phillies at Red Sox (Fenway Park)
• Aug 14-15 – Red Sox at Phillies
• Sept. 28-30 – Braves at Phillies (Final Series)
If you’re anything like me and still religiously check the Phillies promotional schedule like an 8-year-old, you’ll just have to wait a little longer for news on what goodies will be given out at the ballpark this upcoming season. (Although it’s worth noting that no item will ever top this creepy Larry Andersen Halloween mask from 1985).
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