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When is MLB Opening Day, the All-Star Game and every other important date for the 2022 season?
Baseball season is right around the corner, with Opening Day just under a week away. After a lockout-filled offseason and what was seemingly two rounds of free agency, we’re ready to see the final product.
MLB 2022 season important dates
- Opening Day – April 7, 2022
- Jackie Robinson Day – April 15, 2022
- MLB All-Star voting starts – late June (2021 was June 24, actual date hasn’t been announced)
- Lou Gehrig Day – June 2, 2022
- All Star Voting Ends – late June, early July (2021 was July 1, actual date hasn’t been announced)
- MLB Draft – July 17
- All Star Teams Revealed – early July. (2021 was July 4, actual date hasn’t been announced yet)
- All Star Week – July 15-19, 2022
- All Star Game – July 19, 2022
- Trade Deadline – between July 28 – August 3
- Field of Dreams Game – Cubs vs. Reds, August 11, 2022
- Little League Classic – Red Sox vs. Orioles, August 21, 2022
- Roberto Clemente Day – Sept. 15, 2022
- End of Regular Season – Oct. 5, 2022
- Start of playoffs – shortly after Oct. 5, full schedule not announced yet
- Start of Divisional Series – full schedule not announced yet
- Start of Championship Series – full schedule not announced yet
- Start of World Series – full schedule not announced yet
When is MLB Opening day
Opening Day starts on April 7. It was originally set for March 31, but the MLB lockout pushed that date back. The games will be split, essentially, with half of the teams taking the field on April 7 and many more completing their first game on April 8.
When (and where) is the All-Star Game?
The All-Star Game is on July 19, 2022 at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles is sure to bring out a star-studded cast to make this version of the Midsummer Classic as memorable as ever.
The All-Star weekend includes a Celebrity softball game, a rising stars challenge of sorts and the Home Run Derby.
Why did spring training start late?
Spring training started late because of the lockout. MLB owners locked out the players, thus forcing the two sides to agree to a new CBA before a season could officially start.
While players did take some of the blame for their hardline stance, they were willing to take a minor financial hit due to the long-term ramifications.
How many games are in the MLB season?
There are 162 games in an MLB season. Some pundits have called for the reduction of the regular season to something like 130 games or 140 games, as the dog days of summer tend to include decreased interest among some fanbases. However, old heads aren’t about to change their ways.
What is Jackie Robinson Day?
Every April 15, teams celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, in which MLB honors Robinson for breaking the color barrier in 1947. All uniformed MLB personnel wear Robinson’s number, No. 42, in honor of the late Hall of Famer.
What is Lou Gehrig Day?
Lou Gehrig Day takes place on June 2. All players will wear a patch honoring Gehrig, and his battle with ALS. The patch says ‘4-ALS’. Gehrig, despite being a Hall-of-Fame player, was forced to retire early due to his battle with ALS. One of the best Yankees of All-Time, Gehrig was often praised for his durability and incredible eye at the plate.
What is the Field of Dreams game?
The Field of Dreams game is played in Dyersville, Iowa, also known as the set for the famous ‘Field of Dreams’ movie. Last season’s game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees drew rave reviews and was a roaring success, despite some initial traffic and planning issues.
When is the MLB Draft?
Sunday, July 17. While 2023 will feature a draft lottery, this season’s format remains the same. The MLB Draft seeks to even the playing field, so the worst teams select first, while the best teams in the sport are forced to do a bit more scouting to reload their farm systems.
When is the MLB Trade deadline?
The traditional July 31 deadline may be in flux given the season did not start on time. Stay tuned for updates.
Like most seasons, the 2022 trade deadline figures to be hectic. MLB expanded the playoff field during recent CBA negotiations, as detailed below, so more teams will be inclined to ‘go for it’, thus stoking the flames of the hot stove.
When do the playoffs start?
The regular season ends on October 5. The playoff schedule will be announced shortly thereafter. The postseason traditionally takes up the entire month of October, if not more, depending how long the series’ go. Considering the late start to the regular season, expect more November baseball than in years past.
How many teams make the MLB playoffs?
12 teams will make the MLB Playoffs after the latest collective bargaining agreement.
MLB’s goal in increasing the number of teams is to increase competitive balance, perhaps giving more small and mid-market teams an opportunity to make the playoffs. Increased fan interest is in the league’s best interest.
When does the World Series start?
That is fully dependent on the MLB postseason schedule. Last year’s World Series kicked off on Oct. 26. The Atlanta Braves won the World Series in 2021, and are a threat to repeat in 2022, despite losing star first baseman Freddie Freeman.