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2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history
Published On: Tue, Sep 12
Apr 6, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; General view on the Opening Series banner on the field before the game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. Its the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a season at traditional Major League ballparks was March 30, which was the opener in 2003, 2008 and 2014.

It will also mark the first time since 1968 when all teams begin on the same day. In recent years weve seen a Sunday night opener for ESPN and, before that, wed see a lot of split openers, with roughly half of the teams beginning on one day, half the next.

The differences in schedule are attributable to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that runs through 2021. 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.

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