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2024 MLB opening day: Everything you need to know about the important day for baseball

2024 MLB opening day: Everything you need to know about the important day for baseball

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Grab your peanuts and Cracker Jack. MLB opening day is here.

This year, opening day falls on March 28. All 30 teams were scheduled for games that day, but two were postponed due to weather.

Read on to find out when your team is playing, rule changes for the season and more. 

Baseball in glove

MLB’s 2024 opening day is March 28.  (Getty Images)

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The full MLB opening day 2024 schedule:

  • Milwaukee Brewers @ New York Mets 1:10 p.m. ET (postponed to Friday at 1:40 p.m.)
  • Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies 3:05 p.m. ET (postponed to Friday)
  • Los Angeles Angels @ Baltimore Orioles 3:05 p.m. ET
  • San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres 4:10 p.m. ET
  • St. Louis Cardinals @ Los Angeles Dodgers 4:10 p.m. ET
  • Pittsburgh Pirates @ Miami Marlins 4:10 p.m. ET
  • Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays 4:10 p.m. ET
  • Washington Nationals @ Cincinnati Reds 4:10 p.m. ET
  • Minnesota Twins @ Kansas City Royals 4:10 p.m. ET
  • Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox 4:10 p.m. ET
  • New York Yankees @ Houston Astros 4:10 p.m. ET
  • Chicago Cubs @ Texas Rangers 7:35 p.m. ET
  • Cleveland Indians @ Oakland Athletics 10:07 p.m. ET
  • Boston Red Sox @ Seattle Mariners 10:10 p.m. ET
  • Colorado Rockies @ Arizona Diamondbacks 10:10 p.m. ET

What is MLB opening day? 

Opening day marks the start of a long season of baseball. This day marks the beginning of the MLB regular season. It typically occurs at the end of March or the beginning of April. 

In 2024, the MLB season started with a Dodgers-Padres matchup in Korea. Following that series, all 30 teams were scheduled to play March 28, 2024, for opening day. But the weather was not on the side of all the MLB teams. Due to rain, the games scheduled for opening day between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets have been postponed until Friday. 

Rule changes for MLB 2024

Adjustments to schedules are not the only regular-season changes fans should be aware of. For 2024, a lot of rules changes are aimed at quickening the pace of the game. 

In 2024, the time between pitches will be reduced from 20 seconds to 18 seconds, according to a statement released by the MLB. 

If a new pitcher steps onto the warning track with less than two minutes remaining on the clock, the clock will reset to 2:00. In 2023, the clock was reset to 2:15, according to the MLB. 

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The number of mound visits allowed will be reduced in 2024 from five per game to four. 

Boston Red Sox pitcher Garrett Whitlock

Pitchers will have to speed up their game in 2024, with only 18 seconds allowed between pitches.  (Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Another big change coming in 2024 is that a pitcher who warms up for an inning must pitch to at least one batter, according to the MLB. 

A more physical change made for the 2024 season is the widening of a runner’s lane. Now, this area will include the dirt area located between the foul line and the infield grass. 

AL vs NL: What is the difference?

The MLB is split into two leagues, the American League and the National League. There are 15 teams in each league. Each league is divided into three divisions — East, Central and West.

The teams that make up the AL East are the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. The Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Guardians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins are all part of AL Central. The AL West includes the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. 

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The Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals are all in the NL East. The Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are all part of NL Central. Lastly, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants play in the NL West.

Who won the 2023 World Series? 

The 2023 World Series was won by the Texas Rangers, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for the title. 

Yankee players celebrate after World Series win

The Yankees have the most World Series wins of any MLB team.  (Al Bello/ALLSPORT)

The New York Yankees have the most titles of any team with 27. In fact, the Yankees were the last team to be back-to-back World Series winners. They won three titles in a row from 1998 to 2000. 

Following behind the Yankees are the St. Louis Cardinals with eleven wins, the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics, both with nine, and the San Francisco Giants with eight. 

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