So Major League Baseball has released their tentative 2014 schedule and it begins with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers opening in Sydney, Australia on March 22 and 23. It looks to be one of those staggered Opening Day schedules much like 2012.
Some teams will open on March 31 and others on April 1. The Yankees are in the April 1 group and they open their 2014 season schedule on the road against the Houston Astros. The home opener is six days later on April 7 against their AL East opponents the Baltimore Orioles.
The Yankees’ first interleague home series of the season will be April 15 and 16 against the Chicago Cubs and they will be visiting both the Cubs and Chicago White Sox from May 20-25.
More interleague matchups include a trip to Miller Park to face the Brewers May 9-11, the home and home against the Mets May 12-15, a series in St. Louis against the Cardinals May 26-28, and visits from both the Pittsburgh Pirates May 16-18 and Cincinnati Reds July 18-20.
Now, for some fantastic news because I think that West Coast trips are the absolute worst thing — even above a series in Tropicana Field — the Yankees are done going out West by mid-June with their last series being in Oakland June 13 – June 15.
Say it with me now, Hallelujah!
Of course, the season schedule includes a boatload of divisional games and for the AL East teams this means they will be seeing a lot of each other in August and September. In fact, 23 of the last 29 games on the Yankees’ schedule are against AL East foes, including the last series of the year in Fenway September 26 – September 28.
So what does everyone think of the 2014 schedule?