Major League Baseball released the full schedule for 2018 this afternoon, just as the 2017 campaign is headed into the home stretch. You might be tempted to say, “Who cares about this now, the 2017 season isn’t even over!” But don’t. Don’t be that one person who feels the need to say that every year.
Some highlights of the 2018 schedule that the Washington Nationals point out:
• While Opening Day is in Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park on March 29th, the home opener will take place on April 5th, when the New York Mets visit the nation’s capital for the 85th home opener in Washington, D.C. since 1901.
• The Nationals’ home schedule in 2018 will feature eleven homestands, five of which will span eight-plus games, including three separate ten-game stays, and fourteen weekend series.
• Washington matches up with the AL East in Interleague play next season, and the New York Yankees (May 15th-16th), Tampa Bay Rays (June 5th-6th), Baltimore Orioles (June 19th-21st), and Boston Red Sox (July 2nd-4th) will all visit the nation’s capital.
• In case you somehow forgot, the Midsummer Classic will be held in D.C. on July 17, 2018. It will be the first All-Star Game in Washington since July 23, 1969, when the second Senators hosted the All-Star Game in RFK Stadium.
• The Beltway Series with the Baltimore Orioles will feature three games (as opposed to the usual two) in each club’s park, with the Nationals visiting Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 28th-30th and the Orioles visiting D.C. on June 19th-21st.
• The Nationals conclude the home half of the 2018 schedule with a six-game homestand against the Mets and Marlins (Sept. 20th-26th), and finish out the regular season with a three-game road trip to Colorado’s Coors Field (Sept. 28th-30th).