Each Club will receive three to four additional off days spread throughout the season to provide additional rest and opportunities for rescheduling.
The 2018 Major League Baseball season will begin on March 29, the earliest start in the sport's history excluding international openers. And unlike years past, where the league has staggered openers, every team will begin play on the same day, the first time that's happened since 1968.
Under its terms, a weekend of play is added at the beginning of the season in order to allow teams to get three or four additional days off during the course of the season.
The regular season is scheduled to end Sunday, Sept. 30. Bad news for those players who lose a day off, good news for those of us who by that day of the break are going insane due to baseball withdrawal. The Marlins and Pirates were scheduled to play there in 2016, but the Zika virus outbreak that year prompted MLB to move that matchup to Miami. Check out the full schedule right here. Francisco Lindor of Cleveland and Eddie Rosario of Minnesota will be among big names returning to their homeland for that series.
The games will be played Monday night, Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.
Along with the 2010 series, MLB has made three other appearances at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
Notable anniversaries next season will include: Kirk Gibson's Miracle Homer to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers; a World Series win for Bob Feller and the Indians in '48; Joe Carter's homer to end the '93 season with a Toronto repeat; Philadelphia's sports breakthrough 10 years ago; Yankees crowns in 1928, '38, '58, '78 and '98; Stan Musial's incredible '48 season (.376, 18 triples, 39 homers, 139 RBIs, 11.5 WAR); the Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa homer chase of '98; and Detroit's World Series win in seven games over St. Louis in an eventful '68 season.
Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season.
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. The schedule is subject to change.