MLB Opening Day 2019 Preview
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It’s March and that means one thing: baseball season is right around the corner. After several long months without fastballs, diving catches and homers, the first pitch of the 2019 MLB season is scheduled for just a few weeks from now.
Not only do we at SeatGeek have access to tickets all season long, but we also have all the info you need to prepare yourself for one of the best days of the year: Opening Day.
How Long is the 2019 MLB Season?
The season actually begins on March 20, as the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will play a two-game International series in Tokyo, Japan. The official Opening Day is March 28, 2019 and will feature all 30 MLB teams in action. However, that’s just one of 162 fantastic regular season games for each team. Those games will take you all the way to October – home of postseason baseball – where the season will culminate in the World Series, which begins on October 22. If the Series goes the distance, Game 7 would take place on October 30.
What’s New in the MLB?
The MLB proposed some new rules for this season to help out with pace of play, including limiting the number of mound visits per game and imposing a three-batter minimum for pitchers. However, the only new, confirmed rule for the 2019 has to do with cracking down on sign stealing.
For the 2019 season, all in-stadium, non-broadcast cameras from foul pole to foul pole are banned. In addition, all bullpen and clubhouse TV monitors will receive the game broadcasts on an eight-second delay. This, in theory, should help eliminate players from stealing a catcher’s signs to his pitcher.
Key MLB 2019 Season Dates
International series – March 20 and 21
Opening Day – March 28
Mexico Series – April 13 and 14 (St. Louis and Cincinnati), May 4 and 5 (Houston, Los Angeles Angels)
London Series – June 29 and 30 (Boston, New York Yankees)
Home-Run Derby – July 8
MLB All-Star Game – July 9
Non-waiver Trade Deadline – July 31
Postseason Begins – October 1
World Series Begins – October 22
MLB Schedule Highlights
Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies (March 30-31)
Along with March 28’s Opening Day game, these two weekend games are your first chance to see superstar slugger Bryce Harper in a Phillies uniform. In Philadelphia, Harper and the rest of the Phillies will look to get a couple of early wins against the National League East rival Braves. SHOP TICKETS
Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies (April 8-10)
On paper, this early season three-game series might not seem like a big deal. However, Philadelphia’s aforementioned new slugger, Bryce Harper, has already been extremely vocal about his desire to recruit Nationals’ star Mike Trout to the Phillies in 2020. And the Nationals aren’t happy about it. There could be some interesting stories to come out of these two teams playing this season. SHOP TICKETS
Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees (May 30-June 2)
This four-game series is the first time these two longtime rivals will meet in 2019. At Yankee Stadium, there’s sure to be plenty of action, plenty of homers, and plenty of animosity. SHOP TICKETS
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres (May 3-May 6)
Former Dodger (for 66 games plus the postseason) Manny Machado had a difficult free agency, but eventually landed with the San Diego Padres. In early May, his former club will travel from Los Angeles to San Diego to see Machado and the Padres for the first time. SHOP TICKETS
New York Mets @ New York Yankees (June 10-11)
The Subway Series is can’t-miss baseball, taking place between the Mets and Yankees every year. You can’t pass up the chance to see the first two games at Yankee Stadium. SHOP TICKETS
Chicago White Sox @ Chicago Cubs (June 18-19)
You have to love the yearly Crosstown Classic between the White Sox and Cubs, even if one of the two teams hasn’t had a winning season since 2012. The first half of this series takes place in June at Wrigley Field, with the second half coming in July at Guaranteed Rate. SHOP TICKETS
MLB Schedule & Tickets
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