The baseball world believes spring truly begins on March 21 and Mother Nature believes the baseball world spends too much time in Arizona and Florida to understand anything about weather.
The MLB regular season launches its regular-season March 28 in its earliest start ever. The Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners are also playing March 20-21 in Japan in the Tokyo Dome, but those special foreign games don’t count as Opening Day.
All 30 major league teams are scheduled to play the official March 28 Opening Day, even though fans in Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Minnesota haven’t even packed away their zone snow shovels yet.
One of those March 28 is scheduled for Milwaukee where it was once 4 degrees on that date. The extended forecast calls for it to be in the 40s this season when the Brewers play host to the St. Louis Cardinals for a 2 p.m. ET starting time.
The Twins are also playing at home at 4 p.m. where, according to weatherspark.com’s chart, there is a better than 60% chance that temperatures will be either be “very cold” or “freezing” by the middle of that game against the Cleveland Indians.
Have we forgotten that we blew up the Metrodome in 2014? We play baseball outside now in Minnesota. People are still wearing gloves in Minnesota in late March.
Opening Day used to be in mid-April
The point is that Opening Day shouldn’t be in March. It should be in April. Opening Day used to be a staple of an April spring, like blooming flowers and Easter’s arrival. In 1910, President William Taft threw out the first baseball on April 10. Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams played his first opening day on April 20, 1939.
Everyone, particularly Mother Nature, seems to understand except MLB leaders. Last season, MLB set a record for the earliest Opening Day by scheduling it on March 29. That proves this MLB insanity is gradually progressing.
Will all 30 teams be playing on March 27 next season?
Baseball’s bosses would argue that the regular-season needs to be started early to prevent the playoffs from pushing into winter.
The counter argument would be that a handful of old school-style doubleheaders would remedy that.
Of course, another way to shorten the season would be reduce the length from 162 to 154 games. It was good enough for Babe Ruth.