On Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball released its tentative 2016 season schedule and it will start on April 3rd with the Sunday Night Baseball telecast. The matchup will be announced at a later date.
Thirteen games will occur on April 4th including a matchup between the Reds and Phillies, as well as six divisional matchups and an interleague matchup between the Royals and Mets.
The regular season will finish on Sunday, October 2nd and the MLB Draft will be held on Thursday, June 9th. Other important dates next season include Jackie Robinson Day on Friday, April 15, Mother’s Day on May 8 and Father’s Day on June 19.
The 2016 season will also be the 20th season for Interleague play and will feature a matchup between the Padres and Blue Jays, the only interleague matchup that hasn’t happened since the league implemented the format in 1997.
The interleague rotation will be AL East vs. NL West, AL Central vs. NL East and AL West vs. NL Central. The Astros will face familiar foes from their tenure in the NL Central for the first time since moving to the American League West. The Reds (June 17-19), Cubs (September 9-11), and Cardinals (August 16-17) will play at Minute Maid Park for the first time since 2013 while the Astros visit the Brewers and Pirates.
Some anniversaries to look out for include Mookie Wilson‘s 1986 World Series Game 6 dribbler through Bill Buckner‘s legs and the Mets’ second championship after beating the Red Sox in 7 games, the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series title in the first year of the new Busch Stadium, the last repeat titles by an NL club (1975-76 Reds), a quarter-century since the Twins won a championship, the 60th anniversary of Don Larsen‘s World Series perfect game, Enos Slaughter‘s “Mad Dash” in the 1946 World Series for St. Louis, the 50th anniversary of Sandy Koufax‘s last and winningest season (27 wins!), and the start of the Yankee dynasty managed by Joe Torre.