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Brief Introduction to the MLB

Earlier bat-and-ball games were already being played in England by the mid-eighteenth century. This game was brought to North America by immigrants, where it grew into its current form. By the late 1800s, baseball was widely considered to be the national sport of the United States. Baseball is extremely popular throughout North and Central America, the Caribbean, and East Asia, particularly in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Baseball’s development from earlier bat-and-ball sports is difficult to trace precisely. Baseball was long thought to be a North American derivation of the earlier game rounders, which was popular among youngsters in the United Kingdom and Ireland. According to American baseball historian David Block, the game originated in England, and newly discovered historical evidence backs up this claim.

History of the MLB Schedule

The Major League Baseball (MLB) season consists of 162 games played over about six months by each of the 30 teams, for a total of 2,430 games. The regular season lasts from late March/early April to late September/early October, with the postseason possibly lasting until early November. 

The season begins on the official Opening Day in late March/early April and ends on the final Sunday in September or the first Sunday in October. Theoretically, a team could play a maximum of 20 postseason games in one year provided they’re a wild card team and each of their playoff rounds reaches the maximum number of games (five games in the Divisional Round, seven games in the League Championship series, and the World Series). 

The regular season is almost always broken up into multiple series of three or four games against the same opponent. Pairs of teams are seldom scheduled to play single games against each other (except in the case of making up a postponed game or, more rarely, a one-game playoff to determine a postseason berth); instead, they play games on several consecutive days in the same ballpark due to travel concerns and the sheer number of games. 

Three or four-game series are the most common, but two-game series are often arranged. Each week, teams compete in one midweek series and one weekend series. Mid-week series games are normally planned between Monday and Thursday, whereas weekend series games are usually scheduled between Thursday and Monday, depending on the duration of the series. 

Teams will play a total of 27 weekend series and 25 mid-week series for a total of 52 series due to the mid-week all-star break in July. The road games of a team are normally organized into a multi-series road trip, whereas the home series are organized into homestands. 

Rainouts and other cancellations are frequently rescheduled at the last minute during the season, occasionally as doubleheaders. If a game between two teams is scheduled to be played for the last time in the last two weeks of the season and is canceled, the game may not be rescheduled if it has no bearing on the divisional or wild card standings.

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Main Events on MLB Schedule

The World Baseball Classic (WBC) is an international baseball event hosted by Major League Baseball and was sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) from 2006 to 2013 and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) after that. Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and other professional baseball leagues and their players’ associations from across the world submit it to the IBAF. It is one of two major senior baseball events sanctioned by the WBSC, but it is the only one that awards the title of “World Champion” to the winner. 

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, which has been played since 1903 between the American League (A.L.) and National League (N.L.) champion teams. The Commissioner’s Trophy is presented to the victorious team in the World Series championship game, which is decided by a best-of-seven playoff. The series is also known as the Fall Classic since it takes place throughout the fall season in North America.

Baseball Main Venues

Wrigley Field was the only ballpark featured in iconic films including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, A League of Their Own, and Disney’s Rookie of the Year for the generation that grew up in the 1980s and 1990s. 

Wrigley Field is famous for many things, but the ivy-covered outfield walls are downright iconic. They’re Wrigley’s equivalent of Fenway Park’s Green Monster. The park’s rooftop seats, which are located across the street from Wrigley Field, have also become legendary. Despite the fact that they are not included in the official attendance, a deal with the Chicago Cubs permitted the seats to be used with a view of the playing field. 

Fenway Park, often known as “The Green Monster,” is the oldest and smallest Major League stadium in use today. 

In terms of nostalgia and history, Fenway Park was always the second fiddle to Yankee Stadium, but after the latter was demolished and replaced, Fenway took over as the oldest MLB stadium. 

From The Green Monster to the Citgo sign behind the Green Monster, to John Hancock’s autograph above the scoreboard in Center Field, to Pesky’s Pole in Right Field, to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline being sung in the 8th inning, Fenway Park is the sort of place you go just to say you’ve been there. Fenway Park has a long and illustrious history.

After Covid-19 Details

The MLB schedule was very shaken up by the COVID-19 pandemic. They had to cancel spring training in March 2020 as the COVID-19 virus swept the nation. MLB ended up playing an abbreviated 60 game schedule in 2020 to get their games in but there were a lot of postponements. The 2020 minor league season was fully canceled.

In 2021, the season went on as planned and the MLB played a full 162 game schedule.

MLB Schedule FAQs

Baseball was first played in England.

Three or four games is the most common series length to play.

Wrigley Field and Fenway Park

No, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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