Major League Baseball today announced its master 2012 regular season schedule, which will begin on Wednesday, April 4th, four days later than this season when it started on the first. The final day of the 2012 regular season is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd. To add to the interesting schedule change with the later start, every team now has 4 days off around the All-Star Game. These additional changes are likely part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and shows that the sides have agreed upon certain aspects of the new baseball labor agreement in advance.
What is still an open question is whether there will be expanded Wild Card teams. The release of the schedule does not preclude that from not happening. Questions still swirl as to whether the Houston Astros will jump to the AL West to balance out the AL and NL at 15 clubs a piece
The Marlins, changing their name to the Miami Marlins, will open the 2012 season by hosting the inaugural game at the New Marlins Ballpark on Wednesday, April 4th against the St. Louis Cardinals. Located in Little Havana, west of downtown Miami, the venue will seat 37,000 fans, will feature a retractable roof and will have spectacular views of downtown Miami.
On Thursday, April 5th, six games are scheduled, including the Toronto Blue Jays visiting the Cleveland Indians; the Boston Red Sox visiting the Detroit Tigers; the Atlanta Braves visiting the New York Mets; the Washington Nationals visiting the Chicago Cubs; the Los Angeles Dodgers visiting the San Diego Padres; and the Philadelphia Phillies visiting the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ten games are scheduled for Friday, April 6th. The first full slate of 15 games is scheduled for Saturday, April 7th.
The 16th season of Interleague Play will feature many renewals of past World Series, including Reds-Yankees and Pirates-Tigers (starting May 18th); Mets-Yankees, Phillies-Orioles, Astros-White Sox, Blue Jays-Braves, Tigers-Reds and Rangers-Giants (starting June 8th); Yankees-Braves, Pirates-Orioles, Tigers-Cubs (starting June 11th/12th); Phillies-Blue Jays, Red Sox-Cubs, Royals-Cardinals and White Sox-Dodgers (starting June 15th); Cubs-White Sox, Giants-Angels, Braves-Yankees, Orioles-Mets and Dodgers-Athletics (June 18th/19th); and Cardinals-Royals, Giants-Athletics, Yankees-Mets, Rays-Phillies and Tigers-Pirates (starting June 22nd). The games are almost a mirror image of this season’s interleague match-ups.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the San Diego Padres on Sunday, April 15th, which is Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball. The first day of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft will be Monday, June 4th. The 2012 All-Star Game, to be hosted by the Kansas City Royals, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10th at Kauffman Stadium.
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Source: Major League Baseball
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